Associate Director Corporate Projects R&D Innovation

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC) is an innovative, fast-growing healthcare company that discovers and develops new compounds that address unanswered medical needs and advance human health. With a strong focus on neuroscience, oncology, and cardio-renal treatments, OPDC is dedicated to improving the health and quality of human life. For more information, visit   


OPDC is a subsidiary of Otsuka America, Inc. (OAI), a holding company established in the U.S. in 1989. OAI is wholly owned by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The Otsuka Group employs approximately 42,000 people globally and its products are available in more than 80 countries worldwide. Otsuka welcomes you to visit its global website at


The R&D Innovation Team provides innovation research and management support for all portfolio assets and clinical trials across OPDC with key focus on business transformation through technology integration. The team is charged with innovating and delivering solutions at the intersection of technology and therapeutics to transform OPDC clinical trial model and paving path for therapeutic solutions for patients. We believe we can define the new wave of pharma R&D business model.


The Associate Director/Director within Corporate Projects will be part of the R&D Innovation Team with a primary focus to drive innovative solutions and spearheading integration of health technologies (wearable fitness devices, clinical devices, sensors and applications) in clinical trials process. The individual will be a driving force for cross-departmental innovative solutions by leading Communities of Practice (CoP) to guide and implement pilots for business transformation. The CoPs will create and implement pilots focused on technology integration for innovate clinical trial model and paving path for therapeutic solutions for patients.

  • Do you want to join a team that is charged with disrupting unsustainable pharma R&D business model by embracing technology?
  • Do you have ideas that can help pharma rethink its product and value for the patients through technology integration?
  • Do you have hands-on experience integrating technology to add efficiencies and value creation in clinical trial process and drug development?

If you answered yes to these questions, we need each other in this journey. We look forward to hearing about your vision and passion around three broad areas:

Clinical, Technology, and Innovation



Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead Communities of Practice (CoP) as a thought leader and subject matter expert to innovate at the intersection of technology and therapeutics to propose and execute pilots
  • Lead innovation network to create partnerships within cross functional team members to create Innovative solutions with a primary focus to drive innovative solutions and spearheading integration of health technologies (wearable fitness devices, clinical devices, sensors and applications) in clinical trial process and drug development.
  • Provides support on pilots/prototypes that validate and explore ideas to improve how OPDC conducts and improvise its general business through pilots
  • Provides support in overall change management initiatives to the business
  • Identify areas for employing, building and driving improvements in internal and external communication, leveraging lessons learned and applying technology solutions to establish cutting edge practices
  • Support driving “Outside-In” and creative thinking, coordinate engagements with external innovation companies/consultancies, promote and further strengthen relationships with investigative sites, lead efforts to increase patient recruitment, retention and compliance, and actively lead cross-functional pilots/prototypes; and play a key role in transitioning pilots/prototypes to full-scale projects
  • Leverage solutions and contribute to the business results as defined in Corporate Goals and supports the implementation of innovative approaches in the day to day execution of clinical trials
  • Establish and or manage external innovation partnerships in collaboration with Otsuka’s Business Development 



  • Advanced degree required (e.g., MA, MS, MBA, PhD, MD etc.) with a minimum of 5 years of applicable industry experience strongly preferred. Successful track record of timely delivery of innovative business deliverables.
  • Strong track record and experience in Pharmaceutical R&D OR strong track record and experience in technology R&D interfacing healthcare
  • Advanced communication, interpersonal and alliance management skills; possessing the ability to credibly, knowledgeably and effectively represent and communicate initiatives to internal and external KOLs/stakeholders, OPDC partners and Clinical Investigators. 
  • Understanding of technological trends and passion to develop innovative solutions that support and enhance OPDC’s competitive edge.
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrixed, multi-cultural, collaborative and self-directed environment.
  • Strong project management experience, with the ability to successfully engage in multiple initiatives simultaneously.


  • Clinical experience

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