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Vice President, Intellectual Property

$315,000- $380,000/ year
Posted Jun 09
Full Time
HybridSan Francisco, California

About BridgeBio

BridgeBio is a biopharmaceutical company founded to discover, create, test, and deliver transformative medicines to treat patients who suffer from genetic diseases and cancers with clear genetic drivers. We bridge the gap between remarkable advancements in genetic science in academic institutions and the delivery of meaningful medicines to patients. Founded in 2015, the company has built a portfolio of 20+ drug development programs ranging from preclinical to late-stage development in multiple therapeutic areas including genetic dermatology, precision oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology, and renal disease, with two approved drugs.

Our focus on scientific excellence and rapid execution aim to translate today’s discoveries into tomorrow’s medicines. We have U.S. offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Raleigh, with small satellites in other parts of the country. We also have international offices in Montreal, Canada, and Zurich, Switzerland, and are expanding across Europe.

To learn more about our story and company culture, visit us at

Who You Are

We are seeking a motivated, innovative and experienced Vice President of Intellectual Property (“VP of IP”) with high technical competency in the life science industry to join the dynamic Legal & Compliance team at BridgeBio. This position will offer the right legal leader an amazing opportunity to formulate and execute a strategic vision to protect and advance the company’s current and future intellectual property portfolio.

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, the VP of IP will work in partnership with various senior leaders and the Legal IP team to design, develop and drive implementation of intellectual property strategy aligned with the company’s overall strategic directives.  Key responsibilities of the position include identifying and pursuing strategies to capture innovations in the Company’s research and development activities, communicating IP guidance and risks to legal and business teams, and managing the Company’s intellectual property affairs (e.g., client counseling, licensing and other complex business transactions, patent prosecution and enforcement, IP disputes or litigation, due diligence and competitive intelligence, IP spend, trademark matters, and opinion work).  They will be an integral working partner with the company’s research and development functions, business development team, and legal colleagues.  The VP of IP will also supervise an experienced senior patent agent (PhD, Chemistry) and patent paralegal and be responsible for fostering career development of the team.  


  • Work with stakeholders to develop and implement global IP strategies 
  • Lead legal activities for the company’s 20+ pipeline programs across patents and trade secrets globally 
  • Establish governance and initiatives to help unlock and ensure capture of innovation 
  • Create and implement global strategies to develop patent portfolios that provide value and protect pharmaceutical product lifecycles 
  • Protect and defend the company’s IP, anticipate IP disputes, strategize risk mitigation, and manage effective litigation when necessary
  • Negotiate IP terms of licensing and other agreements (e.g., MTAs, CTAs, SRAs) 
  • Counsel science and business colleagues with regards to patentability, freedom-to-operate, IP risks, and other intellectual property matters  
  • Keep abreast of legal trends, laws and regulations; advise on emerging legal issues in the area of intellectual property to ensure innovative and cutting-edge approaches  
  • Work closely with IP team, outside counsel, and research and clinical development teams to evaluate and support the development of new technologies, and to provide IP training, generate new ideas and harvest new inventions 
  • Contribute to and maintain positive relationships, foster a cohesive, committed team environment and drive effective partnership with cross-functional teams 

No matter your role at BridgeBio, successful team members are:

  • Patient Champions, who put patients first and uphold strict ethical standards
  • Entrepreneurial Operators, who drive toward practical solutions and have an ownership mindset
  • Truth Seekers, who are detailed, rational, and humble problem solvers
  • Individuals Who Inspire Excellence in themselves and those around them
  • High-quality executors, who execute against goals and milestones with quality, precision, and speed

Education, Experience & Skills Requirements

  • Education: Successful completion of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school 
  • Bar Admission: USPTO bar admission and active membership in good standing with the bar association of the state where practicing 
  • Experience: 
    • Advanced scientific degree and 15+ years of proven IP legal experience 
    • Prior in-house experience at a biotech or pharmaceutical public company is strongly preferred 
    • PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field strongly preferred 
    • Experience practicing or managing biotech patent litigation strongly preferred
    • Proven senior level leadership experience, including managing people/teams, managing outside counsel and spend, and overseeing high volume intellectual property workflow
    • Deep knowledge of the industry, including R&D, regulatory, manufacturing, and commercial aspects
    • Ethical and mission driven team player with excellent interpersonal capabilities and the capacity to strategically educate and support fellow team members; strong internal and external relationship-building skills, with the ability to convey legal matters clearly and inspire trust and confidence
    • Outstanding skills in organization, problem-solving, and analysis 
  • Communication Skills:Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; articulate, direct and forthright; ability to communicate with all levels of management and leadership; collaborative and decisive team member as well as a strategic thinker with a broad perspective 
  • Analytical Thinking: Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills; must be able to exercise sound judgment and provide practical, risk-informed and constructive IP advice in a fast-paced global environment 
  • Strategic Vision and Collaboration: Ability to align legal strategies with business objectives, contributing to the company’s growth and success, and ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally with internal teams, external advisors, and stakeholders 
  • Attention to Detail: Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy in legal research, documentation, and compliance 
  • Adaptability: Agility to adapt to changing legal and regulatory landscapes, while remaining current with industry trends and best practices; time management and organizational skills necessary to independently manage many matters, appropriately prioritize workload, and plan for resources to meet deadlines and goals 

What We Offer

  • Patient Days, where we are fortunate to hear directly from individuals living with the conditions we are seeking to impact throughout the year and learn how we can improve our efforts
  • A culture inspired by our values: put patients first, think independently, be radically transparent, every minute counts, and let the science speak
  • An unyielding commitment to always putting patients first. Learn more about how we do this here
  • A de-centralized model that enables our program teams to focus on advancing science and helping patients. Our affiliate structure is designed to eliminate bureaucracy and put decision-making power in the hands of those closest to the science
  • A place where you own the vision – both for your program and your own career path
  • A collaborative, fast-paced, data-driven environment where we inspire ourselves and each other to always perform at the top of our game
  • Access to learning and development resources to help you get in the best professional shape of your life
  • Robust and market-competitive compensation & benefits package (Base, Performance Bonus, Equity, health, welfare & retirement programs)
  • Flexible PTO
  • Rapid career advancement for strong performers
  • Potential ability to work on multiple BridgeBio Pharma programs across multiple therapeutic areas over time 
  • Partnerships with leading institutions
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At BridgeBio, we strive to provide a market-competitive total rewards package, including base pay, an annual performance bonus, company equity, and generous health benefits. Below is the anticipated salary range for candidates for this role who will work in California. The final salary offered to a successful candidate will depend on several factors that may include but are not limited to the type and length of experience within the job, type, and length of experience within the industry, educational background, location of residence and performance during the interview process. BridgeBio is a multi-state employer, and this salary range may not reflect positions based in other states.
$315,000$380,000 USD