VC Partner @ Takeda Ventures in Cambridge, MA

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as Partner, Takeda Ventures (TVI) in our Cambridge, MA office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


This position is responsible for identifying, executing and managing strategic investments for Takeda Ventures. He/she will build and maintain relationships that result in high quality strategic investments for Takeda.


Assist, and in his/her absence deputize for, the SP in all matters concerning external venture activities

  • Together with the SP, serve as a key interface for Takeda external venture activities
  • Engage internal stakeholders, and contribute significant value through provision of strategic intelligence and insights with respect to disruptive therapeutic innovation
  • Develop and maintain deep interactions with US and European life science communities, ensuring a high level of visibility for Takeda venture initiatives within investment, academic and government institutions
  • Secure a steady flow of high quality strategic investment opportunities across US and Europe, and conduct formal due diligence involving external and internal legal counsel prior to contract negotiations leading to investment
  • Participate as the Takeda representative on the Board of portfolio companies, serving the interests of the company as a shareholder Director / Observer
  • Maximize exposure of internal stakeholders to relevant strategic intelligence and potential strategic assets, facilitating interactions leading to value-enhancing transactions
  • Lead competitive landscaping exercises in areas of emerging science and technology, with the aim of identifying key strategic investment targets within these spaces
  • Serve as a key cross-functional contributor to the development and execution of the medium- and long-range strategic objectives of TVI, and of the Center for External Innovation
  • Develop and nurture a portfolio of investments serving the near- through long-term strategic priorities of Takeda
  • Deliver tangible strategic value in the form of opportunities to support pipeline and enhance R&D capabilities
  • Maintain ad report clear, comprehensive and up to date records of deal flow, any resulting transactions, and the ongoing financial and legal status of portfolio companies
  • Maintain highest standards of ethics and venture best practice in all aspects of the job



  • PhD in a relevant field (biological sciences; chemistry etc.).
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in the Biopharmaceutical industry, with a proven track record in Research, Business Development or venture investing.
  • Significant exposure to research in high caliber academic institutions, with a broad exposure to multiple scientific disciplines.
  • An strategically savvy individual with ambition, an entrepreneurial mind and an ability to analyze business plans, research data, financial figures and market data to make sound business decisions and recommendations
  • Experience in negotiating and managing third party collaboration, licensing and development contracts. Understanding the laws and regulations affecting venture investments at the state, federal and international level.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment and creativity to deal with complex issues and decisions. Ability to explore positions and alternatives to reach beneficial outcomes for all parties involved
  • Understands the competitive landscape in private and public sector life sciences industries, and is knowledgeable enough to anticipate new trends, opportunities and threats in healthcare innovation


  • M.B.A.
  • Self-starter – independent, yet a strong team player
  • Business acumen- has a thorough understanding of, and can champion, the highest standards of good business practice.
  • Communication – ability to communicate ideas and data both verbally and in writing in a persuasive and appropriate manner, with deference to cross-cultural communications.
  • Interpersonal – ability to work effectively and get along with others with diverse backgrounds.
  • Team building- ability to work collaboratively in a team and encourage teamwork.
  • Relationship Building Skills – ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders and build trust with others to increase Takeda’s competitive advantage.

Physical Demands

Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e., computers, phones, etc.).

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Carrying, handling and reaching for objects

Travel Requirements


  • Willingness to travel to clients meetings, sometimes involving trips lasting several days. Significant international travel will be required potentially amounting to more than 25% of total time

Additional Information

  • Reports to the Senior Investment Director (TBos), Takeda Ventures, Inc.
  • Budget Accountability: travel and related business expenses

What Takeda Can Offer You


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

If interested, please apply here.

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