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Vertex Ventures HC
Vertex Ventures HC

Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development

Spyglass Pharma

Spyglass Pharma

Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

About SpyGlass Pharma:

SpyGlass Pharma is a privately held, VC-funded start-up developing ophthalmic therapeutics for cataract/lens replacement, glaucoma treatment and other chronic ophthalmic diseases.

Founded by veteran, successful entrepreneurs, our team includes engineers, scientists, and clinicians with deep roots in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and medical devices. Our founders’ experience developing new devices, from inception to clinical application, spans 30+ years, 100 patents, and multiple products in clinical use worldwide.

Our commitment to actively improving patients’ quality of life drives the company to innovate and succeed. Learn more at www.spyglasspharma.com


We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Pharmaceutical Development Scientist to join our dynamic research and development team. As a key member of our organization, you will play a crucial role in advancing our pharmaceutical product portfolio focused on late stage development. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in pharmaceutical sciences, formulation development, drug delivery and an understanding of regulatory requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute formulation development experiments for drug products.
  • Conduct pre-formulation studies, compatibility assessments, and stability studies.
  • Optimize formulations for drug substance delivery, ensuring efficacy, safety, and manufacturability.
  • Develop robust and scalable manufacturing processes for drug products.
  • Support process validation design and execution.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to transfer processes from development to production.
  • Troubleshoot and optimize manufacturing processes for efficiency and quality.
  • Collaborate with analytical teams to interpret and analyze data, drawing meaningful conclusions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align project goals with corporate objectives.
  • Provide regular updates on project progress to management and key stakeholders.
  • Communicate complex scientific concepts and data to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Participate in cross-functional meetings, presenting findings and recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering or relevant engineering field with 5+ years of industry experience.
  • Proven track record working in pharmaceutical development and process development.
  • Strong understanding of regulatory requirements and experience in interacting with regulatory agencies.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective project management and leadership abilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, or related field with 1+ years of industry experience, or M.S. with 3+ years of experience.
  • Experience with drug delivery is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of thermoset polymer molding a plus.