The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to, and facilitate the development of, life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries. Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups, and other stakeholders, to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations.
To date, MPP has signed agreements with 15 patent holders for 13 HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals, a tuberculosis treatment, two long-acting technologies, two experimental oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and a COVID-19 serological antibody diagnostic test.
MPP has positioned itself as the leading provider of IP information on essential medicines and other health products for the global health community through its flagship database MedsPaL, which expanded in the recent years with creation of VaxPaL for COVID-19 vaccines patent and LAPaL for long-acting technologies. These databases are key enablers of MPP’s work and contribute to accelerating access to health treatment and technologies world-wide.
To strengthen our Patent Information Team, we are looking for a Patent Information Manager to help manage and further develop MPP’s suite of patents and licenses databases on medicines and vaccines, referred hereafter as the MPP PaLs, and undertake patent searches and patent analyses that are relevant to MPP’s work.
The Patent Information Manager reports to the Head of Patent Information and will be entrusted with the following responsibilities:
- Identify relevant patents on products (health technologies) that may be of interest to MPP for in-licensing, undertake patent searches and analyses to inform decision-making at MPP, with a particular focus on biotherapeutics and vaccines.
- Support the identification and analysis of patents that may be relevant to the operations of WHO mRNA technology transfer programme.
- Prepare IP landscapes and other analytical work, as needed, and make such analysis available via suitable publications, including in collaboration with partner organisations.
MPP PaLs Management
- Contribute to the management of MPP PaLs, including data collection, input, updating, and assisting users in interpreting data.
- Provide input to the design, planning, implementation, and further development of MPP PALs.
- Promote the use of MPP PaLs among potential user groups including public health organizations, governments, patent agents/attorneys, pharmaceutical companies, civil society, and patient groups.
Policy Team Support
- Support the policy team to further develop collaborations with national and regional patent offices, the World Intellectual Property Organization, regulatory agencies, and other relevant organizations from which data needs to be gathered for the development of MPP PaLs.
- Participate in meetings organized by external stakeholders to share MPP expertise on the IP/licensing status of different medicines and related issues.
- Work with the Patent Information Manager and other workstreams to establish/develop a patent monitoring and watching system for selected health technologies as per MPP’s mandate.
- Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of Patent Information.
The Patent Information Manager should have:
Education and training
- Advance degree in biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, or other relevant fields.
- Training on patents highly desirable.
- 3 to 6 years of experience in conducting patent search and analysis preferably in the field of pharmaceuticals.
- Proven track record in interpreting patent claims and identifying relevant patents for a given product/technology.
- Experience in reading, understanding and interpreting patent licences would be an asset.
Knowledge and Competencies
- Knowledge of databases management, including data collection, input and updates
- Strong analytical skillset and proven ability to synthetize complex patent information and communicate it the format that is friendly to non-IP specialists.
- Project management.
- Exceptional attention to detail.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, with a proven knowledge of professional writing and presenting to internal and external audiences.
- Organised, autonomous and able to work with short timelines.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.
- Fluency in other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russia, Chinese) is a strong asset.
MPP’s richness lies in its staff: a small dynamic and multicultural team!
To flourish in our team, you must recognise yourself in our values: Respect, Courage, Teamwork and Commitment.
Moreover, the Patent information Manager will need to demonstrate the following qualities:
- Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork.
- Sensitivity to different cultures and work styles.
- Demonstrable personal commitment to the public health goals of the MPP.
MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability. All qualified applications are welcome.
If you recognize yourself in this description and wish to join our outstanding team, please click below to apply, ensuring to attach your Cover Letter and CV.
This position will be open until the right candidate is recruited. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a continuous basis.