Senior Medical Director

Sonoma BioTherapeutics

Sonoma BioTherapeutics

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

About Sonoma Biotherapeutics:

Sonoma Biotherapeutics is a South San Francisco and Seattle-based company leading the development of Treg cell therapies for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases. Using next-generation genome editing and target-specific cell therapy, Sonoma is focused on developing its best-in-class platform across the entire spectrum of Treg cell therapeutic capabilities. Founded by pioneers in Treg biology and cell therapy, the company brings together leading expertise and proprietary methodologies for the discovery and development of disease modifying and curative therapies. More information at

The Medical Director:

Directs clinical development programs throughout the evolution of the clinical trial design, execution, and completion of the studies, providing medical and technical leadership/expertise. Files INDs, supports and writes other regulatory reports, and writes peer-reviewed manuscripts/abstracts/ presentations. May also participate in business development opportunities and collaborative partnerships.

Shares medical expertise with his/her counterparts in other functional areas (e.g. regulatory affairs, research, drug safety, clinical operations, etc.). Provides input into clinical research strategy and how to conduct clinical trials for early and late-stage therapeutics. Performs responsibilities independently, leads multiple projects, and provides input into the function’s goals, initiative, and programs.


1. Matrixed Team Leadership & Talent Management

  • Leader/standing member of the clinical project team
  • Effectively delegates across matrixed teams; accountable for cross-functional integration, coordination, and alignment to enable effective and efficient CDP execution
  • May support relevant sub-teams in assigning and orienting new team members/NME
  • Participates in ongoing enhancements/development of core and sub-team processes, structures, systems, tools, etc
  • Assists with recruitment, training, coaching of new/less experienced staff members
  • May be responsible for hiring, training, developing and retaining talent per business needs

2. Clinical Development Planning (CDP)

  • In-depth knowledge of portfolio, developments, trends and other dynamics relevant to the function, to maintain a fully current view and perspective of internal/external influences and implications for assigned therapeutic/disease area(s)
  • Maintains the highest standards and levels of scientific and clinical knowledge
  • Leads clinical and/or disease strategy development, collaborating with internal and external partners and stakeholders: clinical investigators, scientists, KOLs, research, clinical operations, drug safety, regulatory, portfolio management, and business development.
  • Creates and implements the CDP:
    • Ensures strategic and operational alignment with the relevant strategic context
    • Directs, guides, and/or oversees clinical sub-team in developing all CDP components (e.g., analytics/data strategy, KOL development, safety monitoring, biomarker strategy, biologic and clinical proofs-of-concept, publication strategy, etc.)
    • Works with CST and others to assess resource requirements for implementing and executing the CDP
  • May participate in competitive intelligence and other market/industry assessment activities
  • Consults with business development on relevant acquisitions, joint ventures, or other strategic partnerships
  • Communicates with HAs; ethically, effectively and professionally represents the interests of the company and patients.
  • Represents the function for the assigned molecule(s)/indication(s) to other internal teams
  • Contributes clinical science input to the relevant therapeutic area scientific strategy. Helps research and others to ensure consistency of scientific and development strategies with TPPs and corporate goals. Performs clinical assessments on relevant drug discovery projects.

3. Clinical Development Plan Implementation

    • Accountable for CDP execution: accomplish objectives and deliverables in a consistent, timely, on-target, and high-quality manner within budget guidance
    • Provides clinical oversight across relevant studies and programs:
      • Designs clinical studies, develops protocols
      • Acts as medical monitor for assigned studies
        • Point of contact for questions and interactions
        • May contribute to the identification and selection of appropriate external investigators and sites
        • Clinical lead in the development of study analytics and data management plans
        • Conducts or oversees ongoing reviews of study medical/safety data
        • Collaborates to measure and monitor study progress, including any variances, and proactively communicates any issues, challenges and potential strategies for resolution
        • Ensures investigators are appropriately and thoroughly briefed on-time on study-related medical/scientific matters. Ensures timely and appropriate completion of interim study reporting through collaboration
        • Collaborates with clinical operations to close-out clinical studies, secure data, and complete study reporting
      • Ensure correct medical/scientific data interpretation for interim and final study reporting
      • Collaborates with drug safety representatives and others in the development of the product safety profile
      • Leads development/revision of investigator brochures, presentations and other materials
      • Leads the development and implementation of communications strategies to support existing and concluded studies - ie KOL interactions, advisory boards, major medical meetings, congresses and other events, publications, etc
      • Collaborates by providing clinical science information and input towards the completion and submission of regulatory filings and other regulatory documentation
    • Represents the function on key external advisory boards and presentations, meetings and communications. Develops and delivers key presentations to convey the company’s perspective and provide updates on strategies, plans and other activities
    • Drives ongoing data generation, review, and communication to inform or enhance the design or interpretation of Sonoma’s studies
    • Consistently complies with all governing laws, regulations, Company Standard Operating Procedures and other guidelines, and ensures the same among relevant team members


    • MD. with relevant medical experience in immunology/autoimmune/rare disease or similar therapeutic area. Experience in cell/gene therapy is preferred.
    • 3 years’ pharma/biotech industry experience OR a recognized clinician-scientist expert in the field with equivalent clinical/laboratory research experience.
    • Industry experience is preferred, as is extensive understanding of early clinical development phase I-II.
    • Broad experience in the principles of data analysis, interpretation and clinical relevance
    • Comprehensive understanding of product and safety profiles
    • In-depth experience or knowledge/understanding of the following:
      • Medical aspects of Good Clinical Practice, International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use, FDA, EMEA, etc.
      • Competitive activity in the field
      • Submission of IND (required), NDA/BLA/MA (preferred) to regulatory authorities
      • Authoring a global clinical development plan
      • Publishing results of clinical drug trials in a refereed journal
    • Preferred: Academic/teaching background with research experience (clinical or laboratory)