Formulation Development Leader, R&D


Salt Lake City, UT


Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the drug product development team for assigned programs.
  • Conduct activities related to formulation development under research and development settings
  • Carry out pre-formulation required for the assessment of “developability” of an API, including solution and solid-state characterization studies, solubility/solubility enhancement studies, compatibility studies, polymorph and salt screening and characterization, particle size analysis, assessment of bulk properties of powders etc.
  • Design and execute detailed experiments developing formulation and manufacturing process under QbD principles and transferring these methods and processes to drug product manufacturers.
  • Lead the design, development and manufacturing of preclinical formulations and early clinical supplies.
  • Oversee and troubleshoot various developmental and manufacturing activities at CMOs.
  • Author/review manufacturing batch records, SOPs, technical reports such as formulation development report and other relevant scientific information packages for internal use or agency submissions.
  • Critically assess experimental data and provide interpretation of results.
  • Establish work schedules to ensure timely completion of the required activities.
  • Work collaboratively with analytical R&D, pre-clinical, and clinical teams.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.


  • PhD or MS in pharmaceutical sciences/chemistry/chemical engineering/related scientific discipline with industry experience in drug product development (5+ years with PhD or 8+ years with MS) preferred.
  • Direct, hands-on experience in formulation development and manufacturing of solid and liquid oral dosage forms is required.
  • Working knowledge of chemical and physical properties of APIs and excipients in relation to drug product development, process and drug delivery.
  • Thorough understanding of current formulation technology platforms and analytical characterization techniques, including but not limited to DSC, XRPD, microscopy, HPLC, Dissolution, LOD, Density tester, Friability tester etc.
  • Prior experience with CROs/CMOs is highly desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, team and organization skills.

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