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Head of JLABS Korea [JLABS Korea]

  • Job Title Head of JLABS Korea [JLABS Korea]
  • Function Strategy & Corporate Development
  • Sub Function Business Development
  • Category Director, Business Development (PL9)
  • Location Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
  • Date Posted
  • Requisition Number 2406178206W
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At Johnson & Johnson, we believe health is everything. Our strength in healthcare innovation empowers us to build a world where complex diseases are prevented, treated, and cured, where treatments are smarter and less invasive, and solutions are personal. Through our expertise in pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics markets, we are uniquely positioned to innovate across the full spectrum of healthcare solutions today to deliver the breakthroughs of tomorrow, and profoundly impact health for humanity. 
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  1. Position: Head of JLABS Korea
  2. Legal entity: Johnson & Johnson MedTech
  3. Employee type: Regular
  4. Location: Seoul Yongsan-gu

Johnson & Johnson Innovation is recruiting the Head of JLABS Korea. The goal of Johnson & Johnson Innovation is to advance transformative healthcare solutions that improve the lives of people around the world and, in so doing, to deliver value to Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”). JJI accomplishes this by catalyzing new science and technology through collaboration and exchange of ideas. This growing team is looking for a colleague inspired to help build and innovate new ways of fostering the productive life-science ecosystem of Korea.

This position will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing all portfolio and business operational activities for JLABS Korea. The site head will lead a team that will foster innovation and deep scientific/drug and device development, locally, regionally, and globally. Importantly, this position will leverage J&J’s expertise to build, grow and accelerate opportunities into the portfolio and be part of the Global Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS leadership team. 

Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS) is the largest global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering emerging companies with the knowledge, experience, partnerships, and venture connections across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer, and health tech sectors. Our goal is to catalyze and accelerate the delivery of lifesaving, life-enhancing solutions to patients around the world. JLABS is a no-strings-attached model, which means innovators are free to develop their science and technology while holding on to their intellectual property. JLABS also produces campaigns to seek out the best science and technology called QuickFire Challenges.


·       Lead the day-to-day management and strategic direction of JLABS Korea including the following:

o   Portfolio assessment and management of the Korea life science ecosystem

o  Provide sourcing support and leverage best practices to curate a high value portfolio including identifying companies that have assets and platforms to J&J’s core therapeutic areas as well as novel/disruptive assets and platforms

o   Select companies and prescribe steps to reach the next milestones

o   Establish Investor Hub

o   Integration and access to portfolio management tools

o   Programming and Events

o   Host Quick Fire Challenges

·       Develop, cultivate, and manage effective relationships with key stakeholders and partners in Korea including public facing stakeholders, strategic marketing partners, industry professionals, trade associations, government, academia, key opinion leaders and potential sponsors.

·       Serve as the alliance manager for JLABS Korea collaborators

·       Deliver on tracking metrics and deliverables for JLABS Korea

·       Foster a collaborative environment with each of Johnson & Johnson sectors, including Innovative Medicine, MedTech, and other internal capabilities

·       Internal collaborations with all JNJ Innovation Centers (Shanghai, California, Boston, London) to complete deals strategic to the J&J portfolio strategy

·       Venture Sourcing & Development within Pharma and MedTech

·       Managing the communications, relationships, and performance of 20-50 external collaborators


The successful applicant will have deep experience and understanding of the pharma, and/or the MedTech industries, a recognized, entrepreneurial experience having started and/or run a start-up or a business unit within a larger corporation with excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach and develop high-performance teams and develop and implement program strategies.

S/he must be an analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals with demonstrated experience in initiating, establishing, and managing partnerships with academic institutions and companies, including the interplay between internal and external stakeholders.

S/he must have a demonstrated experience as part of negotiation team, with a demonstrated ability to contribute to establishing relationships at a fast pace while developing a collegial, collaborative relationship with a potential partner and be comfortable working with other team members, including scientific leads, transaction, legal, finance, marketing, and commercial teams to progress and complete partnerships.

S/he must be of a collaborative mindset and a strong team player and communicator to develop and present strategic and scientific rationale to key internal constituencies and drive project and portfolio advancement to all levels within and external to the organization.

S/he must be curious and proactive to think about, develop and present innovative ways for outreach and interaction with the healthcare ecosystem, and for “out-of-the-box” ideas and willing to take on responsibilities for helping to develop and strengthen J&J’s shared culture.

S/he must possess strong written and verbal communication skills with a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills.

S/he must be mission-driven and self-directed, take an action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to both internal and external partners (including biotech’s, venture funds, academic and government partners) with a balance of passion, humility, integrity, and positive attitude.

S/her must have experience coaching and mentoring team members, including performance management and career planning and development.

  • An advanced degree (MBA and/or a MD or PhD) is preferred. 
  • English fluent, Korean would be a plus.
  • A Minimum of 15 years of experience including international and a track record in senior program management globally is required
  • Overseas work experience a plus
  • At least 10 years of relevant global professional experience in the healthcare or Medtech industry is required.
  • S/he must possess deep experience in global program budgeting and fiscal management with experience in international business development, technology transfer, management consulting, and/or global venture capital investing. 
  • Experience in the evaluation and execution of a diverse set of global business development opportunities is required.
  • Demonstrated adaptability to work across functions and therapeutic areas is required  with the ability to maintain a global view of the portfolio
  • Demonstrated ability to manage global partnerships both private and public sector
  • Excellent self-management and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills
  • Some travel (Regional and West and East coast US) will be required.

This position is to be located South Korea and requires willingness to travel (both domestically & internationally) up to 25% of the time.


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