Call for Applications - Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Call for Applications

Regulatory Affairs 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.

For further information regarding our work, please visit our website


About the Role

Reporting to the Head of Alliance and India Office the Regulatory Affairs Specialist will be instrumental in providing regulatory expertise to MPP licensing activities and guiding MPP wider team and selected partners on global regulatory process. The role will also lead the development and continuous improvement of the MPP regulatory database for various healthcare products across LMICs.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Regulatory activities:

  • Assume full ownership of the Regulatory Database development initiative, which focuses on regulatory requirements of different product categories (Generics, Biosimilars, Vaccines and IVDs) in LMICs. This includes:
    • Collecting, interpreting, and verifying raw data for the Regulatory Database, as well as managing full project lifecycle until successful launch of the database.
    • Analysing, monitoring, and tracking the regulatory landscape across LMICs for the specified product categories and ensuring ongoing maintenance and update of the database
  • Keeping abreast of changes to the guidelines from ICH, FDA, WHO-PQ, EMA and other stringent regulatory authorities.
  • Engaging with regulators from different regulatory bodies to identify regulatory pathways for MPP licensees.

In licensing:

  • Provide regulatory guidance to the scientific team to facilitate the identification and prioritisation of suitable candidates for in licensing.
  • Provide regulatory assessments of selected products for in-licensing.
  • Contribute to the feasibility studies through facilitating consultation calls with potential partners to evaluate the partners’ manufacturing and regulatory capabilities.
  • In collaboration with in-licensing team develop a business case for the in-licensing of selected candidates.
  • Provide regulatory inputs during license negotiations with the originator, and the finalization of terms of agreements.

Out licensing:

  • Participate in the Expression of Interest process and the selection of out licensing beneficiaries (generic manufacturers).
  • Track and monitor development activities and regulatory filings by MPP sublicensees.
  • Ensure regular communications and exchange of information with sublicensees through participation in the quarterly meeting reviews (F2F and remote meetings with generic manufacturers).
  • Proactively identify critical areas of concern and bottlenecks with respect to product registration and support the sublicensees with regulatory inputs to accelerate development and filing process.
  • Support the Alliance Management team in fostering effective partnerships with both, sublicensees and originator companies.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide regulatory inputs to case studies within MPP
  • Engage with MPP legal, policy and market access, technology transfer and communications teams providing necessary regulatory insights to support realisation of MPP mission and strategic objectives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the senior management team.



  • University degree in Pharmacy or any other related discipline with strong scientific/regulatory component.
  • 10 + years of experience in pharmaceutical industry within regulatory affairs
  • Solid understanding of the generic drug registration process with a special focus on developing countries (emergent markets).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Well versed with the regulatory guidelines from ICH, FDA, EMA, WHO and other stringent regulatory authorities
  • Native-level fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Experience of working in a complex environment with a track record of accountability and execution.


  • Knowledge of handling registrations of different product categories (small molecules, biologics, vaccines, etc) and different dosage form (solid oral, injectables etc).
  • Knowledge of intellectual property and voluntary licensing
  • Interest in public health and access to medicines in low resource settings.
  • Good understanding of general NCE registration process.

Personal Qualities

  • Autonomous with strong self-motivation and ability to work independently as well as in a highly collaborative and multicultural environment within short timelines.
  • Ability to work strategically and analytically, and to apply the technical knowledge to specific problems and situations to find alternative solutions.
  • Ownership Attitude – ability to organise own work, set priorities and meet specific deadlines while remaining flexible to changing priorities.
  • Adaptable to differences in work style and culture.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to gain trust of high-level management and leverage relationships to yield successful negotiations and long-term organizational relationships.

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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