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AbbVie Associate Director, Companion Diagnostics Strategy Lead in South San Francisco, California

About AbbVie

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie at on Twitter, Facebook at or LinkedIn at .​

AbbVie is currently offering a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Director, Companion Diagnostics within the Companion Diagnostics Center of Excellence (CDx COE), which supports CDx development across AbbVie. We are seeking a creative and highly motivated leader to develop and implement biomarker and diagnostic strategies to enable and support the development and commercialization of medically differentiated therapies in oncology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative environment and will participate as a member of multidisciplinary development project teams.


  • Lead the development and implementation of diagnostic strategies for individual projects

  • Direct the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable companion diagnostic assays

  • Design, implement and oversee biomarker and diagnostic testing and data analysis

  • Provide expertise to development project teams to ensure access to state-of-the-art thinking on appropriate biomarker and diagnostic technologies, evaluating their scientific basis and clinical applicability, the validation status and any technical or statistical issues related to the proposed biomarkers and companion diagnostics



  • Highly experienced biomedical leader (PhD or MD/PhD) with a minimum of 5 years of post-doctoral and relevant industry experience with expertise in oncology biomarker and companion diagnostic development

  • Demonstrated excellence in developing and implementing overarching therapeutic area biomarker and/or CDx strategies

  • Demonstrated excellence in independently leading and conducting research and ability to evaluate, interpret and present complex scientific data

  • In depth experience with the discovery, characterization, clinical validation and utilization of innovative biomarkers and companion diagnostics.

  • Experience in human translational research with biomarker application in clinical trials and awareness of the challenges of implementing biomarker and diagnostic technologies in the clinical setting

  • Excellent leadership skills including motivation and delegation

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills in English

  • High level of initiative and ability to work independently

  • High level of business awareness

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Equal Employment Opportunity

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.