Call for Applications - Pharmaceutical product development - Technical Specialist

Call for Applications

Pharmaceutical product development – Technical Specialist

Location: Mumbai, India

Working time: 100% 

Contract: permanent

Travel requirements: up to 10% of working time within India and internationally.

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to, and facilitate the development of, life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups, and other stakeholders to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations. MPP’s mandate covers patented medicines for infectious diseases – HIV, TB, hepatitis C, COVID-19 treatment and technologies, and non-communicable diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. MPP’s new strategy for the 2023-2025 period embraces a disease agnostic approach, by which patented medicines for which an MPP intervention would potentially make a difference in public health, might be considered for prioritisation, regardless of the health area. MPP’s work covers small molecules, biotherapeutics, long-acting technologies and formulations and mRNA technology for vaccines manufacturing.

MPP operates as a non-profit voluntary licensing mechanism through partnerships with originator pharmaceutical companies and generic manufacturers that facilitate access and promote innovation. The terms and conditions in MPP licences seek to improve treatment options for the broadest number of people living in LMICs and are negotiated on a case-by-case basis with each patent holder.

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About the Role

Reporting to the Head of Alliance and India Office, the role will act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for product development and related technical areas within MPP.  The role involves offering technical insights to MPP in-licensing and out-licensing processes, including providing technical guidance to MPP licensees to accelerate product development, and ensuring effective alliance management. The position requires a solid understanding of the generic drug development process, regulatory requirements, and project management skills, with an emphasis on innovative approaches to public health and voluntary licensing projects. In addition, this role demands a high level of autonomy, cross functional collaboration and learning agility to respond to innovative projects.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

In Licensing:

  • Provide technical insights to the scientific team for identifying and prioritising candidates for in-licensing.
  • Participate in feasibility studies and provide technical assessments of the products considered for in-licensing: evaluation of manufacturing capacity, good manufacturing practices, regulatory steps etc.
  • Assist MPP patent team in evaluating the patent landscape of the candidates for in licensing.
  • Provide technical insights to license negotiations and agreement finalisations.

Out Licensing:

  • Assist the MPP team in the Expression of Interest process for selecting generic manufacturers.
  • Proactively engage with MPP sublicensees to identify areas of concern and development bottlenecks; provide technical support and suggest solutions to accelerate development and marketing of the product.

Alliance Management and Other Activities:

  • Track development activities and regulatory filing processes and monitor compliance with the license agreement.
  • Work closely with the Alliance Management team to ensure effective management of relationships with both sublicensees and originator companies.
  • Attend quarterly review meetings (QRMs) and collaborate cross-functionally where technical insight is required to support MPP’s mission.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the by the Head of Business Development and Head of Alliance Management



  • A University degree life sciences, Pharmacy, or other relevant discipline, with a strong scientific/technical background.
  • Approximately 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in product development.
  • A deep understanding of the generic drug development process and regulatory requirements
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects / accounts at the same time.
  • Native proficiency in written and spoken English.


  • Knowledge of different product categories and dosage forms, including small molecules and biologics.
  • Proficiency in additional areas of product development such as regulatory affairs, patents, manufacturing, and quality assurance.
  • Ability to apply industry knowledge to MPP projects, with a strong inclination towards learning and innovation in diverse areas related to pharmaceuticals, public health, and voluntary licensing.

Personal Attributes

MPP’s richness lies in its staff: a small dynamic and multicultural team. To flourish in our team, you must recognise yourself in our values: Respect, Courage, Generosity and Commitment.

Moreover, in your role of a Subject Matter Expert you will need to demonstrate:

  • High degree of autonomy, with strong motivation and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multicultural environment.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking with a creative and proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Strong organisational effectiveness, with the ability to gain the trust of senior management and negotiate successful outcomes.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to gain trust of high-level management and leverage relationships to yield successful negotiations and long-term organisational relationships.
  • Ownership Attitude – ability to organise own work, set priorities and meet specific deadlines while remaining flexible to changing priorities.
  • Adaptive to global work styles and cultures, with a commitment to achieving strategic goals.

If you recognise yourself in this description and wish to join our outstanding team, please apply via this link

This position will be open until the right candidate is recruited. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a continuous basis.

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