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Vice President of Business Development

Pear Bio

Pear Bio

Sales & Business Development
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024
At Pear Bio, we are personalizing cancer treatment selection because every cancer is unique. To achieve this, we have developed a test that cultures patient tumor samples and matched immune cells, monitors cell behaviors during therapy exposure, and identifies effective treatments for that patient. This technology acts as a clinical decision support tool and a translational model for drug discovery. Our patient data, biobank and biomarker technology have led to the creation of an in-house drug discovery pipeline for cancers with high unmet need. We are a VC-backed start-up based in London, England and Natick, Massachusetts. To grow our company, we are looking for a Vice President of Business Development. Will you be the one?
The Vice President of Business Development will engage with pharmaceutical companies and hospitals to commercialize Pear Bio’s precision medicine platform and drug discovery pipeline. You will build connections with medium-large pharmaceutical companies to explore partnership structures for the various applications of the Pear Bio technology, including target identification, drug discovery/development, translational studies, patient stratification and companion diagnostics development. This role will include the negotiation and execution of licensing and partnership agreements, as well as ongoing relationship building.

Job Responsibilities

  • Actively seek out new partners (primary focus on medium-large pharmaceutical companies and secondary focus on hospitals)
  • Identify key stakeholders in pharmaceutical companies for each application of Pear Bio’s technology (target identification, drug discovery/development, translational studies, patient stratification and companion diagnostics development)
  • Engage stakeholders in medium-large pharmaceutical companies to structure partnerships
  • Work with the Pear Bio R&D teams to determine the feasibility and timeline to deliver potential projects/partnerships
  • Set up milestones and execute partnership/licensing deals


  • Executed licensing deals in the therapeutics and/or companion diagnostics space with large pharmaceutical companies
  • Track record for developing pharmaceutical partnerships with an extensive deal sheet
  • Strong network in oncology and/or immuno-oncology therapeutics development, particularly with medium-large pharmaceutical companies
  • Advanced degree in the life sciences with extensive, up-to-date knowledge of oncology therapeutics development


  • PhD in the life sciences
  • Previous leadership experience in pharmaceutical companies
  • Previous experience building/growing early stage startups


  • Competitive compensation in line with industry standards
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision cover, 401(k)
  • 15 Days PTO plus federal and state holidays
  • Stock options in a growing startup
  • Open work environment where your opinions are valued
  • Career growth & personal development in a fast-paced environment
  • Company perks / discounts via the MassBio network
  • Annual professional development allowance
  • The opportunity to represent Pear Bio at events in the US
  • The chance to have an impact in shaping the future of an early-stage start-up


  • We are unable to sponsor work visas at this time. Please confirm your ability to work in the US without visa sponsorship before applying.
  • The position is not eligible for candidates outside of the Greater Boston area. If you are not based in and around the Boston area, you will be expected to relocate.
How to Apply
If you think you have the right skills and experience, please apply via the Lever Careers page including your CV & cover letter.
Alternatively please email your CV & Cover Letter via careers(at)pearbio(dot)com or apply via our careers page on our website.
Learn more about our technology at pearbio(dot)com, follow us on social media via Linkedin: Pear Bio.