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Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions

Position Summary:

At Aditum Bio our mission is to give patients access to medicines that may not otherwise be developed. Co-founded by industry veterans Joe Jimenez, former CEO of Novartis, and Mark Fishman, former President of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, the firm in-licenses promising therapies that for some reason are not advancing toward the clinic. Aditum Bio focuses on the translational phase of medicine (Phase I and Phase II) to generate data that can support full clinical development, and eventual market launch, to reach patients in need. 

The Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions will take a lead role in executing a wide range of transactions, including in-licensing, financings and M&A. The role will be a trusted thought partner to Aditum Bio’s leadership and business development team, providing high-quality legal advice, from due diligence to company formation. This role reports directly to the company’s Head of Legal. 

Position Responsibilities:

There is significant flexibility to shape the scope of the role, depending on the background and interests of the candidate. Potential responsibilities may include:

  • Actively participate in strategic transactions, such as fund formation, in-licensing, financing, and M&A, including identifying key issues and risks, overseeing legal due diligence, and managing outside counsel.

  • Draft and negotiate complex agreements, particularly strategic in-licenses and collaboration agreements and other commercial agreements as necessary.  

  • Collaborate with leadership and business development groups on due diligence efforts

  • Work effectively with external stakeholders including outside counsel, advisors and opposing counsel

  • Act as the general counsel for newly formed portfolio companies, counseling cross-functionally on a wide range of legal and operational issues.


  • J.D. from a U.S. law school, and member of a State Bar

  • 5+ years of legal experience with law firm and/or in-house experience

  • Experience working in the life sciences industry is required

  • Experience negotiating commercial or corporate agreements is required

  • Demonstrated ability and intellectual curiosity to learn new areas of law quickly

  • Ability to provide practical, business-oriented counseling

  • Ability to analyze and communicate complex legal issues and solutions to non-legal stakeholders

  • Ability to work cross-functionally with lawyers and non-lawyers across the company.

Company Overview:


Aditum Bio is a new model of biotech venture capital uniquely positioned to rapidly translate scientific discoveries into innovative new medicines. Aditum brings together unmatched scientific and domain expertise, combined with operational capabilities. Our agile operating model enables rapid company formation, planning, and execution for a new model of drug development. We target clinic-ready therapies to help underserved patient populations, rapidly forming companies and staffing them with medical and scientific experts. Launched in 2019 by former Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez and former President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Dr. Mark Fishman, Aditum currently manages a broad portfolio of clinical stage companies with multiple drug candidates entering Phase 2 clinical trials in 2022.

Aditum Bio provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.