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Head Of Medical Biology


Variant Bio, Inc.

Seattle, WA

Posted September 11

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Company Description

Variant Bio is a Seattle-based startup backed by Lux Capital, Alta Partners, and Casdin Capital that is developing therapies to improve global health by studying the genes of people who are outliers for medically relevant traits. We started Variant Bio because we believe that human genetics has the power to transform drug development. We have built proprietary genomics and phenotyping platforms that allow us to dramatically reduce the cost of genomic studies and identify genetically-validated targets for therapeutic development.

We co-design our studies with our local partners: community groups, academics, and hospitals around the world, and we built Variant Bio from the ground up with ethics at its foundation. We recognize the contribution of our partners through benefit-sharing programs that support local healthcare, sustainable development, education, research, and capacity-building initiatives.

Variant Bio was founded by geneticists Kaja Wasik and Stephane Castel, both of whom received their PhDs from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Our CEO, Andrew Farnum, previously ran the $2 billion strategic investment arm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The rest of our team includes PhDs in biology, anthropology, and bioinformatics. We currently have projects under way on multiple continents, and our technology, approach, and mission set us apart from other drug discovery companies.

Job Description

We are looking for an M.D. who will significantly expand the scope and scale of our partnerships around the world. The ideal candidate is a creative thinker who can contribute to an early startup in project identification, design, and data interpretation. The candidate will be a medical “generalist” with broad interest in a range of human disease areas and who is not intimidated by constant research and learning. The candidate will advise on projects that Variant Bio is building (covering South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania) and run partnerships around the world that they personally develop. Our current projects cover areas of positive adaptation to various environmental conditions and its health implications as well as disease research - kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, and neurodegenerative disorders. 

This is a full-time position, but can optionally be part-time for the right candidate. 

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