Director, R&D, Medical Business

R&D | Santa Ana, CA

Job Function:

We are hiring a Director of Research and Development, Medical Business. The Director of R&D will provide management and leadership to achieve the Company’s objectives related to product research, development and support.  The person in this role will be responsible for all activities relating to FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific’s Medical Division’s cell culture media technology, product development (cell culture media, devices, and assays), technical support, or process improvements. The medical business consists of assisted reproductive technology and cytogenetics products.

Job Duties:

  • Drive and direct the scientific research and development activities including discovery, evaluation, development, and licensing of new products through the management of product or project teams
  • Responsible for managing multiple projects meeting their milestone measurements, performance specifications, production costs, development budget, and goal scheduling
  • Execute and support product launch, commercialization, enhancement planning, and implementation in alliance with global marketing, operations, quality/regulatory, and sales functions
  • Recruit and hire highly talented, motivated individuals with required skills and abilities with an emphasis on achieving the diversity necessary to establish an effective team
  • Lead development of staff and the product development process for improved effectiveness and efficiency
  • Represent R&D group across other departments communicating company objectives, inspiring scientific participation, brining solutions and resolving conflicts
  • Participate as an active member of the senior management team with responsibility for assisting the Executive and Senior Management in setting strategy and achieving the company’s goals and objectives in all areas consistent with the FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific mission


  • PhD in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Developmental Biology or related life science discipline with more than 10 years of industrial product development experience, or relevant work experience
  • Successful track record of new product development and launch, from concept through pilot production, scale up and technology transfer to manufacturing is required
  • Hands on management and involvement in of aspects of an R & D organization’s day-to-day operations is required
  • Proven leadership and management ability, including strategic and analytical thinking, vision, market differentiation and business results required
  • Thorough understanding of cell culture metabolism, biochemistry, and formulation chemistry is highly preferred
  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology including embryology, andrology, in vitro fertilization, and media development & optimization is preferred
  • Understanding of clinical trial designs is highly desirable
  • Experience in in vitro diagnostics, and genomic or proteomic assay development is desirable
  • Experience in cell-based imaging is a bonus
  • Understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and basic understanding of programming is a bonus
  • Excellent communication skills are necessary
  • Mentoring, coaching and teaching ability and orientation is necessary
  • People development, performance management and change management are necessary skills for success



Principals only. No recruiters please.

FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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