Opening  Head of Corporate Development

We are building novel technologies to revolutionise vaccine design and build mutation-proof vaccines. Disrupting the status quo in vaccine development and mediating meaningful impact on the health of people worldwide.



Full time, permanent

London-based Laboratory

start immediately

We strongly believe in building a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment where ideas can flow. We are assembling an exceptional and diverse team of biologists, computer engineers, bioinformaticians, immunologists, and visionaries to push the boundaries.

What brings us together as a team are our core values: commitment to each other, enthusiasm for learning and growing together, and a desire to use innovation as a way to improve the world.

Who are we

Baseimmune is a discovery stage biotech company developing universal vaccines with future-proof antigens. The technology is based on a proprietary deep learning platform that models pathogen evolution and immune responses to generate artificial antigens compatible with any delivery system such as mRNA, viral vectors, and nanoparticles. Baseimmune was founded by a team that pioneered computational approaches to design vaccines against infectious diseases while at the Jenner Institute University of Oxford, with two multi-strain coverage vaccines currently in clinical trials. We are now leveraging next-generation technology to generate longer lasting and mutation-proof antigens that can be applied to highly complex, rapidly mutating pathogens, and emerging pathogens. We are a London based start-up backed by leading investors from Europe and the US with £4.2m raised at seed stage.

Our pipeline includes the development of a number of human and veterinary candidates and collaborations with world leading institutes such as Imperial College London and NanoVation Therapeutics. 

Find out more about us: Q&A - Who are we

The Role

The position provides the opportunity to work with a fresh biotech lab at the start of its journey with the potential to have a real impact. This role will be responsible for the company’s corporate development and building partnerships as the organisation grows and enters new markets. It is an exciting opportunity to join a well-backed UK business progressing vaccines through pre-clinical development.

This role will report directly to the C-suite, forming part of the Leadership Team. Crucially, we seek a hands-on leader that takes responsibility for the multitude of business challenges faced by a rapidly growing, seed-funded biotech company.


  • Lead corporate development and commercial strategy; including market analysis, gathering industry intelligence and partner research
  • Develop and maintain partner relationships, primarily within the pharma industry 
  • Proactively drive, negotiate, and close new opportunities 
  • Develop a strong network of relevant contacts within the biotech / pharma industry 
  • Maintain oversight of the industry and competitors’ developments to stay ahead of the market 
  • Drive the implementation of key initiatives
  • Understand emerging technologies and novel vaccine platforms
  • Provide general intelligence on the global vaccine development market
  • Participate in, and where appropriate, lead external meetings and calls with stakeholders
  • Brainstorm, develop, elaborate, prioritize, and sequence a roadmap of collaborative efforts between potential partners
  • Work with company R&D leadership to harmonize market priorities and company development priorities

Essential Experience

  • Postgraduate degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a life sciences commercial role 
  • Previous experience of closing agreements within pharma / biotech 
  • Strong understanding of the biotech industry 
  • Strong business acumen to identify commercial opportunities and strategic partnership to drive company growth
  • Strong relationships and networks within Pharma 
  • Proven Business Development track record is required, with drive to pitch, negotiate, and close new deals and business opportunities
  • Ability to create and use financial models to make recommendations on commercial terms
  • Must hold right to work in the UK 

Desirable Experience

  • MBA
  • Experience in pharma 
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating licencing term sheets, contract negotiation and other agreements 
  • Experience in vaccines

Essential Skills

  • Ability to accurately digest complex ideas and needs, and then to synthesize into clear actions & goals
  • Ability to build and maintain strong business relationships 
  • Collaborative mindset focused on company success 
  • Ability to visualize a big picture to be broken into executable pieces.
  • Self-starter mentality. You will build and lead the Business Development efforts with the founders.
  • Ability to problem solve to resolve hurdles and identify patterns to inform process 
  • Strong communication skills

Benefits Include

As part of a small high growth business, you will get the opportunity to be involved in many different areas and our rapid growth trajectory means you will have the opportunity to grow with us. We also offer:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Share option plan
  • Central London location for lab and office
  • 26 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Pension plan

Recruitment Process

To apply, submit you CV and a cover letter highlighting your expertise that makes you suitable for this role and why you want to join Baseimmune.

Note: We are looking for someone who has the right to work in the UK. There are no sponsorship opportunities at Baseimmune. Also, we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on gender, race, colour, religion or belief, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.


Please, submit your CV and a cover letter highlighting your expertise and why you want to join Baseimmune.

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