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Roivant Sciences // biomedical research
Marketing, Full Time    Roivant Sciences, 320 West 37th Street, New York City 10018, United States    Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Aruvant Sciences is focused on developing & commercializing gene therapies for hematological diseases utilizing reduced-intensity conditioning.

The companys lead candidate, ARU-1801, is an investigational gene therapy for sickle cell disease & -thalassemia. ARU-1801 utilizes proprietary technology intended to increase functioning red blood cells by inserting a modified fetal hemoglobin gene into autologous stem cells through a lentiviral vector. Studies have indicated that sickle cell patients with elevated levels of fetal hemoglobin have fewer vaso-occlusive crises & hospitalizations, due in part to improved characteristics of fetal hemoglobin relative to adult hemoglobin. ARU-1801 is the only known clinical-stage gene therapy to deliver the gene encoding fetal hemoglobin, which has been modified to optimize oxygen carrying capacity & anti-sickling properties. For more information, please see

Position Title

Head of Communications & Advocacy, Aruvant Sciences

Position Location

Metro New York City

Manager Title

Chief Operating Officer, Aruvant Sciences

Position Summary

In this role, you will be responsible for for creating & executing the external communication strategy for Aruvant Sciences. You will lead the public relations strategy, including strategic planning of & execution of all external communications & presentations. You will create & lead Aruvant relationships with key advocacy groups globally. You will be responsible for creating, in collaboration with the executive team, a key opinion leader engagement plan. You will lead the expansion of Aruvants online & social media presence. The Head of Communications & advocacy will work closely with other members of the executive leadership in a highly dynamic, fast-moving environment to create a cohesive external communication strategy for Aruvant.


Create the public relations strategy including determining participation & content for key industry conferences, press releases & other forms of external corporate communication

Lead Aruvant relationship with all key patient advocacy groups in Sickle Cell Disease & Beta Thalassemia, to ensure that Aruvant understands patient needs, & advocacy groups understand Aruvants future goals

Develop an organized strategy for ensuring Aruvant stays top of mind with key physician leaders in SCD, Thalassemia & stem cell transplant

Develop & execute an online & social media strategy to magnify the reach of Aruvant communications to patients & providers

Skills, Qualifications, & Requirements

10+ years biopharmaceutical experience, including at least 10 years of direct experience in communications or public relations

Track record of developing & executing successful communication strategies for preapproval and/or marketed compounds

Experience developing digital communication strategies

Experience working with Patient Advocacy Groups

Experience with rare diseases preferred

Experience with cell or gene therapies preferred

Strong writing, presenting & personal communication skills required

Able to blend strategic & critical-thinking skills with strong interpersonal skills to both develop strong relationships with external leaders

Proven experience handling confidential & sensitive information with the ability to exercise discretion & show good judgment

Hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves approach, with high sense of urgency & drive for results

Demonstrated communication, problem-solving, & negotiation/decision-making skills

Natural collaborator who enjoys working on a cross-functional team

Working Conditions

Dynamic, interactive, fast-paced, & entrepreneurial environment

Limited domestic or international travel may be required

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