Head of DMPK for Kymera Therapeutics

Kymera Therapeutics has engaged us on a search to find their Head of DMPK.  This is a unique opportunity to contribute to science and culture of Kymera Therapeutics, a biotechnology company pioneering a transformative new approach to treating previously untreatable diseases. The company is advancing the field of targeted protein degradation, accessing the body’s innate protein recycling machinery to degrade rather than inhibit dysregulated, disease-causing proteins.  To date, Kymera has raised nearly $100 million in VC investment and established a large collaboration with Vertex earlier this year.  To learn more about Kymera: https://www.kymeratx.com/

They are seeking an experienced DMPK Scientist to join the Preclinical Development group. The ideal candidate will partner with project teams to set forth strategic DMPK paths to advance projects from early discovery through clinical development. The ability to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment is essential to this role. As leader of the DMPK function, you will interact with all disciplines of drug development, including medicinal chemistry, biology, formulation, translational medicine, and regulatory. Experience in small molecule drug discovery and deep understanding in the key ADME processes or PK/PD modeling is required.

Responsibilities:
• Serve as the DMPK representative to ensure effective application and integration of ADME, PK, and PK/PD studies in support of discovery and development programs
• Identify critical ADME/PK needs and propose strategies
• Design and oversee DMPK studies, review and summarize results, integrate ADME, PK, and PK/PD information to guide multi-disciplinary team efforts in lead optimization and to facilitate selection of development candidates
• Deliver and communicate results to project teams, provide intellectual input, and contribute to decision making
• Collaborate with other functions such as biology and translational medicine to define PK-PD relationships in preclinical pharmacology studies and in clinic
• Write and review relevant sections of regulatory documents
• Manage interactions with external CROs to ensure high quality and on-time execution of DMPK studies
• Identify and qualify external vendors for ADME/PK, Tox, and BA support of research programs
• Design study, review study protocol, study results, and finalize reports
• Maintain complete and timely data archiving
• Coordinate operational logistics among in-house functions and external vendors

Qualifications:
• In-depth understanding and strategic application of most in vitro and in vivo ADME assays, methods and models. Ability to gather most relevant information to facilitate human PK and dose projection
• Direct hands-on experience and strong trouble shooting skills in most in vitro and vivo DMPK studies, including PK and PK/PD analysis, quantitative and qualitative LC-MS analysis, in vitro and in vivo biotransformation, and human PK and drug interaction predictions
• Expertise in managing CROs and sound knowledge of regulatory guidelines on DDIs, bioanalysis, and GLP practice
• Proficiency in Phoenix WinNonlin (classic WNL and PHX Model). Ability to develop user-specified mathematical models highly desired.  
• Familiarity with R and NONMEM a plus
• Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills

Key Attributes:
• Enthusiastic, goal-driven, collaborative and team-oriented, open-minded, creative, self-aware, excellent communication skills, proven strategic and people leadership skills

Education/Experience:
Masters or PhD in drug metabolism, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, or related disciplines with 15+ years (with MSc) / 5 – 10 years (with PhD) of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry or CROs
Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills.