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Patent Agent

BioNTech SE
Posted Mar 06
Full Time
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Become a member of the BioNTech Family!

Based in Cambridge, MA and Gaithersburg, MD. We are committed to improving the health of people worldwide with our fundamental research and our work in the area of development of immunotherapies utilizing the full potential of the immune system to fight cancer, infectious diseases and other serious diseases. We believe in scientific rigor, innovation and passion as driving forces. BioNTech was founded by scientists and physicians to translate science into survival by combining fundamental research and operational excellence.

With decades of deep immunology expertise and experience in developing and optimizing mRNA as part of its broad suite of novel technologies, the company is working with the global community to defeat life-threatening and serious diseases such as cancer, COVID-19, malaria and tuberculosis. The first ever approved mRNA vaccine was created in the labs of BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. A fully integrated immunotherapy powerhouse. We remain focused on bringing our broad pipeline of next-generation immunotherapies and vaccines to people around the world to address cancer, infectious diseases, as well as a growing list of other medical conditions. To accomplish this, we continue to be deeply rooted in science and academic research while also having built a fully integrated, global immunotherapy company with cGMP and GMP manufacturing facilities anchored around deep expertise in immunology and complemented by an expanding set of capabilities.

Patent Agent

BioNTech is seeking a U.S.-based Patent Agent to contribute to the extraordinary growth of its world-leading Infectious Disease franchise. BioNTech’s rapidly expanding pipeline of Infectious Disease product candidates and coterie of preeminent researchers and creative business partners will challenge you to draw upon the full scope of your legal and technical skills, all while growing your practice and addressing interesting and unique IP matters. You will bring to the position a foundation in biotechnology (Ph.D. in Immunology, Molecular Biology or Biochemistry preferred) and patent prosecution (registration with the USPTO required). Ideally, you will be in the greater Boston area, although remote work with a willingness to travel to Cambridge, MA on a reasonable/as needed basis is an option. The position will report to the Patent Counsel, Intellectual Property. As you grow each day in your job, you will develop patent portfolio strategies for number of business-critical patent portfolios, interact with outside counsel, support existing and new collaborations, and conduct IP competitive intelligence. Your contributions will be recognized, and you will have the satisfaction of helping us to contribute to healing across the globe. Come, make a difference.


  • Executing worldwide patent prosecution strategies; contributing to patentability, FTO and other analyses.
  • Collaborating with leading commercial and university partners on a variety of cutting-edge programs.
  • Identifying a range of complex risks (e.g., patentability, infringement) and communicating those risks to internal stakeholders for discussion and resolution.
  • Providing support in determining inventorship, aiding with obtaining and maintaining patent-related documents.
  • Analyzing patents, scientific journal papers, and documents.
  • Opportunities to work with other attorneys in the department and outside of IP area, including executive leadership.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 plus years of experience, USPTO Registration. A firm grasp of molecular biology concepts or other pharmaceutical field with experience in patent preparation and prosecution.
  • A solid record of performance in either a law firm, biotech company, or equivalent.
  • Must be self-motivating, prioritize and manage work, and show attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in dynamic, fast-paced team environment, flexible and responsive and self-starter with the ability to act independently as well as collaboratively across the business.
  • A willingness to become part of and contribute to BioNTech‘s unique, diverse, and international culture.

Preferred requirements : Advanced degree (PhD) in microbiology, biochemistry, and immunology.

Benefits for you:

BioNTech US is committed to employee wellbeing and offers best-in-class benefits & HR programs to support an inclusive & diverse workforce. Salaried/Position-Targeted Hourly Employees working 30+ hours per week are eligible for our comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life, AD&D, Critical Illness Insurance
  • Pre-tax HSA & FSA, DCRA Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance & Concierge Program (EAP) available 24/7
  • Parental and Childbirth Leave & Family Planning Assistance
  • Sitterstream: Virtual Tutoring & Childcare Membership
  • Paid Time Off: Vacation, Sick, Bereavement, Holidays (including Floating) & Year-End U.S. Shutdown.
  • 401(K) Plan with Company Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement & Student Loan Assistance Programs
  • Wellbeing Incentive Platforms & Incentives
  • Professional Development Programs
  • Commuting Allowance and subsidized parking
  • Discounted Home, Auto & Pet Insurance

…and more! More details to be shared.

BioNTech is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. BioNTech does not tolerate discrimination against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access BioNTech’s online application tools due to a disability, you can request reasonable accommodations by calling 1-857-228-6231or by e-mailing Thank you for your interest in BioNTech.

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