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Senior Writer, BioCentury Innovations

BioCentury Publications Inc. is widely known as the leading provider of business intelligence about the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries through its high value-added newsletters, conferences and research services. With offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and the United Kingdom, the company supports an international audience of senior corporate managers and the finance community. BioCentury's focus is on value-added analysis and data about corporate strategy, management decisions, partnering, emerging technology, clinical development, the public policy environment and the financing markets that are key to understanding how value is created by biopharmaceutical companies.

BioCentury Innovations is a publication which focuses on the "Idea to IND" phase of drug development and covers developments at the interface between industry and academia. In particular, BioCentury Innovations identifies discoveries with commercial potential from the academic literature, news and other sources, and discusses the implications of breakthrough technologies for drug development and early stage investment in R&D.

The company currently has openings in our Redwood City office for Senior Writers for BioCentury Innovations to evaluate and write about scientific developments, innovations in R&D, and regulatory and public policy developments for their healthcare, commercial and investment impact.

Job Description

The fundamental duties of BioCentury's Editorial Department include fact-finding, reporting, analysis and writing for the company's publications and reports. Such activities require interviews in person or by telephone, research of the literature and compilation and organization of facts and numerical data from printed, electronic or other sources, often in collaboration with BioCentury's Research Department.

The Senior Writer position requires the ability to report on and write for our publications about discoveries, current events and trends in the areas of life science and biomedical technology including compounds in development, biological pathways, discovery tools, translational science and medicine, preclinical and clinical developments, regulatory review, politics and policy, and finance.

BioCentury Innovations Senior Writers write articles and short five-sentence abstracts of important papers on tight deadlines for publication in BioCentury Innovations, a weekly publication distributed in multiple electronic formats.

BioCentury Innovations Senior Writers also write short company profiles and may from time to time write longer articles for BioCentury, the company's flagship weekly publication, also distributed in multiple electronic formats.

BioCentury Innovations Senior Writers work at the direction of BioCentury Innovations's Editor.

Requirements of the Position

A Senior Writer candidate will be able to show:

At least four years of work experience or other credentials to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the topics addressed by the company’s publications and services.

The ability to write complex, multi-source articles of up to 3,000 words at least six times a year that identify emerging trends and engage in interpretative, forward-looking thinking. In addition, the Senior Writer is expected to produce an average of at least two pages of published copy per week.

The ability to identify from journal abstracts, news items and other sources important scientific breakthroughs, and to be able to explain the science behind the discovery to a knowledgeable industry audience.

The ability to write articles and summaries clearly and accurately in English that is correct with respect to grammar, spelling and style, within the company’s deadlines. Fluency in a language other than English is highly desirable.

The ability to think analytically, to be able to evaluate the potential outcomes of actions or events, to communicate this reasoning in writing and, where appropriate, to provide supporting numerical analysis. Experience with financial modeling is highly desirable.

The ability to work with a high degree of independence to deliver high-quality work product on agreed schedules with a minimum of supervision.

A network of professional contacts and relationships in the relevant scientific and corporate communities who will contribute significantly to the content of the company’s publications and information services.

Experience in industry, technology transfer or academic translational programs is highly desirable.

Finally, all BioCentury employees are obligated to meet the highest standards with respect to accuracy, conflict of interest, intellectual property rights, slander, confidentiality and respect for information sources and readers.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience
Company-sponsored health and life insurance
401(k) plan