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Therapeutic Area Strategy & Analytics (TASA) E

  • Ascendis Pharma
  • Full time
  • United States
  • 08/07/2021

Do you want to be part of building a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company together with a team of highly skilled colleagues who are passionate about developing best-in-class therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs? Then Ascendis Pharma is committed to support your personal development on our journey towards becoming a leading rare disease company.

Ascendis Pharma is looking to hire a TASA Intern to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to intern at a rapidly growing, innovative company!

Position Summary

The Strategy& Program Management Group’s (SPM) primary objective is to achieve and maintain sustainable growth by maximizing value and prioritizing resources across the Ascendis portfolio. The Intern, SPM will play a critical role in driving Ascendis’ success by contributing to this objective. He/she will be integral to executing on Ascendis’ algorithm and approach to balancing opportunity and risk across therapeutic areas, including contributing to business cases (e.g., new geographies, new indications) and establishing, improving, and leading processes to drive strategy. She/he will interact and coordinate with cross-functional stakeholders and will be expected to communicate in a clear and data-driven manner, from written communication to live presentations. This person will report to the Director, Strategic Planning and may be based in Palo Alto (or may work remotely).

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate across functions to develop business cases (e.g., new geographies, new indications) for new opportunities
    • Evaluate business cases within portfolio context to prioritize and re-prioritize opportunities across the company
    • Ensure company resources (people, investment, time, energy) are aligned with prioritized opportunities
  • Stay current on key publications and share findings with key stakeholders (e.g., scientific literature, analyst reports, regulatory landscape changes)
  • Develop agendas and materials, and drive execution for key internal and external milestone meetings (e.g., board materials, Corporate Monthly Reports)
  • Monitor, analyze, and disseminate competitive intelligence (including press releases, SEC filings, company websites, conference communications)
  • Example projects include:
    • Partnering with patient advocacy on a quantitative survey of caregivers to evaluate the current treatment experiences
  • Competitive intelligence deep dives


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Life Sciences
  • MBA or advanced degree program candidate preferred
  • Relevant prior experience in biotech, pharma, top-tier consulting and/or investment banking
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to provide strategic insight and problem solve, quantifying options, tradeoffs, budget, and resources needed
  • Ability to independently manage and meet timelines for multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, organizational and attention to detail
  • Driven by curiosity and strong interest in learning; willing to “dig into the science”; dedicated to becoming an expert on the Ascendis therapeutic areas, technology, products, competitors, and related areas
  • Role model of the company vision, mission, and values

About Ascendis Pharma

Founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2007, Ascendis Pharma is a publicly held, biopharmaceutical company committed to addressing unmet medical needs. Ascendis Pharma is applying its innovative platform technology to build a leading, fully integrated biopharma company focused on making a meaningful d...

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