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Partnerships Lead

  • Sano Genetics
  • Full time
  • United Kingdom
  • 14/07/2021


Our purpose is to help medical research progress 10x faster, and we’re looking for our first Partnerships Lead to take our growth to the next level.

You’ll love the mission-driven environment of a growing start up and have the drive to play a key role in shaping the long-term strategy of our company. You’ll have strong experience in leading a consumer brand from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of users, and some experience in developing B2B strategies with pharma or health partners.

About Sano Genetics

Sano matches those with medical conditions with opportunities to contribute to research, via our unique online platform. We also provide personalised medical insights, information and recommendations. The platform is private-by-design. We feel strongly that people should be in full control of their sensitive health data and choose who can access it.

Taking part in research is currently hard to do and a poor experience for the patient. Finding out about opportunities is haphazard, and there is often little meaningful return for those who take the time and care to get involved. The result is that organisations with cutting edge theories and medicines to test, can’t find the right patients to work with. To discover cures for the diseases that affect us and our families, we need to enable people to contribute to medical science, effortlessly and on their own terms. We founded Sano to enable medical research that is data-driven and puts patients at the centre of the experience.

Our current focus is on neurological and immune conditions (Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Long COVID amongst others).

A vital part of our offer is free at-home DNA testing. Each patient can then share their genetic data with the studies they wish to contribute to just through a few clicks. In this way, researchers can reach many people who wouldn’t be able to travel, globally, and run their studies much faster and at a lower cost.

Today, the Sano platform is helping thousands of people connect to relevant research projects including clinical trials which are testing new medicines.

Over the next year, we are expanding our product to be a 'patient portal' for national scale precision medicine initiatives such as Genomics England, with the goal of impacting millions of people. We are a team of 21 people today, so this is an exceptional chance to join early in our journey to help define our culture, and the company’s mission. You will be reporting directly to the Head of Marketing.

What you will be working on

  • Working with the senior team to shape the long-term partnership strategy, identifying and nurturing different types of partnership structures based on a lead qualification process
  • Growing our network of partners by identifying organisations that could be a good fit to work with us, getting in touch with key decision makers at these organisations, and if there is a fit, working out solutions on how we can best work together.
  • Meeting regularly with our existing partners, and new partners you find, to ensure our relationship with them is a successful one, and keep on top of new developments and potential opportunities to work together.
  • Working closely with the study delivery and marketing team to develop awareness and recruitment campaigns for our precision medicine studies and clinical research studies through the partner network.


  • A “people person” who has experience building and maintaining relationships with a variety of external stakeholders.
  • Ability to empathise with partner needs and goals, and think creatively to develop different partnership strategies depending on the type of partner
  • A growth mindset - you are not easily discouraged by setbacks and are able to quickly identify opportunities.
  • Experience working with patient groups or other 501c organisations previously would be a plus but is not required


  • Opportunity for significant responsibility in a rapidly growing start up
  • Competitive salary
  • Stock options
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Pension plan
  • 25 working days holiday + 8 bank holidays
  • Family friendly work environment

Please note: we are unable to sponsor visas for this position.

Sano Genetics welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

If this role sounds like your kind of challenge, we’d love to hear from you.

About Sano Genetics

Sano Genetics is a platform for personalised medicine that connects people with to relevant research studies and clinical trials based on their genetic and health data.

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