General Counsel

Aura Biosciences
$0 - 0
Posted Jan 23
Full Time
Boston, Massachusetts
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About Aura: At Aura, our mission is to develop a new class of oncology targeted therapies that deliver meaningful therapeutic benefit to a range of cancer indications with high unmet need in which we believe we can establish a new standard of care. We are driven by our passion and commitment to science and the patients battling cancer who are relying on us to pioneer these new therapies.

We are focusing the initial development of our VDC technology platform to treat tumors of high unmet need in ocular and urologic oncology. AU-011, our first VDC candidate, is being developed for the first line treatment of primary choroidal melanoma, a rare disease with no drugs approved. Beyond primary choroidal melanoma, we are developing AU-011 in additional ocular oncology indications, including choroidal metastases. Leveraging our VDCs’ broad tumor targeting capabilities, we also plan to initiate a clinical program in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, or NMIBC, our first non-ophthalmic solid tumor indication.


  • Lead all legal activities: including corporate law, SEC filings and global compliance, capital markets and financial transactions, business partnerships and other strategic collaborations, litigation, contracts, including clinical trial agreements, corporate governance, employment and human resources activities and general legal support of all other business activities.
  • Manage external counsel relationships.
  • Provide legal support regarding business development transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing, and collaborations. This includes support of due diligence, transaction negotiation and drafting, and ongoing post-closing legal support, as needed.
  • Support commercial activities and FDA/other regulatory body compliance.
  • Support the future growth of a commercial organization.
  • Provide legal alignment with investor relations/public relations teams by providing legal oversight in all external communications.
  • Act as Corporate Secretary in all corporate governance meetings.


  • JD from top tier accredited law school; MBA or other advanced degree preferred.
  • 15+ years of related experience within a top tier law firm and/or public life sciences company.
  • Robust hands on experience in managing and negotiating contracts of all types.
  • Experience in managing litigation preferred, including securities class action and patent/product litigation.
  • Securities and corporate governance experience, including familiarity with filings related to U.S. securities laws.
  • Experience in managing business development process from opportunity assessment through post-closing support.
  • Team player, energetic, able to handle stress and high volume of work.
  • Strong written verbal and communication skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Possess a good blend of strategic and operational experience with the ability to see the big picture and dive into details.
  • Can negotiate skillfully in touch situations with both internal and external groups. Should be both direct and diplomatic.
  • Communicates results, outcomes, and information appropriately regarding business needs and potential impact in a timely fashion and can effectively present ideas and get buy-in.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, contract management software.

This is a hybrid role, but must be local to Boston, MA