Director, Business Development

Home-based in France, preferably in the Paris or Lyon area, and oversea travels.

Director, Business Development


CYTOO is a preclinical stage drug discovery company focusing on neuromuscular disorders and on disorders affecting muscle health in general. The Company has developed MyoScreen™, a patient-derived skeletal muscle in vitro R&D platform from which it models diseases, identifies drug targets and candidates, develops cell-based assays, and screens with a high-content focus. MyoScreen is accessible through R&D partnerships.


CYTOO’s partners are pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with a focus on muscle health.


CYTOO is seeking a business development director to manage and grow a BD team, establish additional R&D partnerships, and be part of its Executive Committee.


Position Summary:

The candidate will manage the BDer currently in place, and will be the manager of its own R&D opportunities from prospection to deal closing and transaction management (including first introductions and presentations, CDA setup, R&D Proposal drafting, Term Sheet negotiation, and Agreement closing). The candidate will report directly to the CEO and will be part of the Executive Committee.


Main duties and responsibilities:

• Manage and grow the BD team (currently 1 pax)

• Identify, qualify, pursue and close new opportunities

• Propose high value R&D proposals to our partners

• Draft and negotiate term-sheets

• Manage partnerships

• Report opportunities and forecast to the CEO

• Participate in the strategy and day-to-day operations of the Company as member of the Executive Committee


Essential Job Requirements / Qualifications:

• From 4 to 8 years of proven business development activities in R&D agreement and license contracting, incl. at least 2 years of management

• An PhD degree in biological science or related field is mandatory (in the muscle area is a plus)

• Leadership, rigor, results-driven personality

• Ability to translate partners’ needs into a meaningful R&D proposal

• Excellent sales skills including prospecting, public presentation and communication, listening, negotiating, and closing

• A perfect understanding of the business development process in a private R&D environment is required (Confidential Agreement, Term Sheet, R&D Agreement, and Licensing Agreement)

• A demonstrated ability to promote a sense of urgency to complete tasks and deliver results on time

• Up to 30% overnight travel required, including overseas

• Native or native-like fluency in English is mandatory




The Business Development Director reports to the CEO.



Based on candidate’s experience.



Home-based in France, preferably in the Paris or Lyon area, and oversea travels.



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