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Commercial Counsel

$165,690- $220,000/ year
Posted Jul 04
Full Time

The primary responsibilities of the Commercial Counsel will be to support Twist Bioscience Corporation, a leading synthetic biology and genomics company, on a variety of contracting, licensing, product-related and other commercial matters. The Commercial Counsel will provide such legal support to Twist’s growing Commercial and Biopharma divisions. 


What You’ll Be Doing

  • Draft, review and negotiate a variety of commercial, biopharma, and other legal documents, including inbound and outbound supply and services agreements, OEM and distribution agreements, end user license agreements, in- and out-licensing agreements, collaboration agreements, strategic partnership agreements, pre-clinical agreements, government price and subcontractor agreements, material transfer agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Developing standard terms and template language for commercial and biopharma agreements.
  • Draft and maintain applicable playbooks.
  • Manage processes and workflows governing the intake, review, and approval of commercial and biopharma agreement requests.
  • Advise business and cross functional stakeholders on best practices and legal updates affecting contracting.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


What You’ll Bring to the Team

  • D. Required. Registered to practice in the United States or be eligible for Registered In-House Counsel (RIHC) status in the United States.
  • 3-6 years of relevant experience at a major law firm and/or in-house legal department at a biotech or pharma company, with an emphasis on contracting and commercial experience in the life sciences.
  • Experience drafting, negotiating and managing a high volume of commercial and pharma agreements, and fostering strategic partnerships.
  • Familiarity with synthetic biology and sequencing products and processes, drug development landscape, antibody therapies, and personalized medicine,.
  • The ability to manage outside counsel and assess when consultation with outside counsel is appropriate.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills to maintain an effective working relationship with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tight deadlines in a fast-paced business environment.
  • Excellent judgment in assessing risks and benefits.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Hands-on attorney.
  • Experience building for scale.
  • Experience with domestic (U.S.) and international contracts.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong background in the life sciences, with a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in molecular biology, chemistry, pharmacology or related fields preferred.
  • At least 2 years (out of the 3-6 years of total experience) spent at a major law firm.


The base cash compensation for this California-based role is below. In addition to base salary, this role is eligible for bonus, equity, and a generous benefits package. Final compensation amounts are determined by multiple factors, including candidate skill, experience, expertise, and location and may vary from the amount listed above. Compensation may be different in other locations.
San Francisco Bay Area Pay Range
$165,960$220,000 USD