Pliant Therapeutics is seeking a talented patent agent or attorney with a PhD in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry. You will work closely with the head of IP and our R&D team to prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications directed to new small molecule therapeutics to treat fibrotic diseases. You will develop in-depth expertise in the areas of TGF-ß activation and integrin biology and provide guidance on patent law issues to business groups and scientists. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about the future of treating fibrotic diseases and have the energy and boldness to thrive and grow in a dynamic and fast startup environment.

  • Work independently to draft complex small molecule pharmaceutical applications
  • Collaborate with legal and business leadership, in a well-formed, pragmatic, and professional manner
  • Counsel team members on complex legal issues and potential implications to current or future strategies
  • Prosecute active and complex patent portfolios with respect to therapeutics in development or being commercialized

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, abilities and prior experience required.
  • Ph.D. in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry
  • At least 4 years' experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications
  • Prior experience including drafting at least 10 small molecule pharmaceutical applications from scratch. Experience with antibody applications is a plus
  • Experience with fibrosis biology is highly desirable
  • Admitted to practice before the USPTO; if an attorney, must be admitted to one state bar
  • Strong knowledge of domestic and international patent laws, regulations, and procedures
  • Excellent judgment and communication (verbal and written) skills; able to simplify complex issues and adapt to audiences with varying levels of legal fluency
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational & project management skills
  • Detail-oriented, precise, and efficient
  • High degree of dedication to improvement and strong sense of ownership
  • Team player, able to work independently and willing to take on challenges in a dynamic environment
  • Experience conducting chemical structure searching using online databases is highly desirable