Chief Business Officer

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Kontakt: Michael Lukesch
Telefon: +436508221080


VALANX Biotech is a young biotech start-up set out to revolutionize the cost-efficient production of protein-bioconjugates for therapeutics, diagnostics, biosensing and bioproduction. We do this by combining advances in chemical biology as well as synthetic biology to create precisely defined protein conjugates. Fast-tracking the industrial adaption of our exciting results in research & development is our current priority, therefore we are looking for a gifted


Chief Business Officer (m/f/x)


for our company located in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria at the newly built IST Park
at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria.

Position Summary:

The Chief Business Officer works in close collaboration with the CEO/CSO to drive the commercial development of VALANX Biotech internally as well as externally. This includes the initiation of collaborations and co-developments with partners from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry as well as the management and controlling of these projects internally. She or he is expected to have deep understanding of the technology to be able to self-reliantly propose and negotiate collaboration and licensing deals. Responsibilities include managing client meetings, listening, and understanding client needs, addressing client concerns, and closing the deal. Additionally, internal project management and controlling as well as grant proposal drafting are within the responsibility of the Chief Business Officer.

The Chief Business Officer is expected to quickly develop credibility with customers/prospects and build trust through professionalism and knowledge of our services and products. Internally, he or she is expected to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate well with our existing team of R&D scientists.


Your tasks:

  • Initiate and pursue opportunities for new business, collaborations, and licensing.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement project plans for these collaborations to meet company growth objectives.
  • Manage, monitor, and track internal project progress and report to partners
  • Effectively interact with customers and partners, including participating in trade and vendor shows, face-to-face visits, training, negotiation of agreements.
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of potential partnerships.
  • Attend conferences, seminars, and meetings and give presentations to current and potential clients.
  • Identify and address attractive grant schemes for technology development in close collaboration with the CEO/CSO.
  • Draft competitive grant proposals for National, European, and International grant agencies in close collaboration with the CEO/CSO and our external consultants.


  • Master’s Degree in a life sciences related field or a life sciences related field
  • At least 3 years of project management, collaboration management, business development or other commercial experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Experience in a protein therapeutics field is a plus.
  • Skills: Strong understanding of the life science market and technologies, including strong technical skills in the areas of protein therapeutics, bioconjugates and bioproduction. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Good negotiation skills and assertiveness. Proven relationship builder capable of developing and maintaining customer relationships. Proven ability to manage, track and control development projects. Strong intellect with a proven track record of self-reliant and self-organised working style. Must be able to quickly adapt to changing project circumstances and willing to take on any necessary task to make our young company thrive. Self-driven working style and the determination and will to carve out a path in a high-potential start-up.


What we offer:

  • Dynamic and flexible work environment in a young team
  • Work on the cutting edge of Science
  • Attractive package comprising of salary and stock option plan
  • Flexible timing
  • Dynamic, flexible, challenging and creative work environment where your ideas are welcomed
  • A career in a high-potential start-up
  • A beautiful place to work with new and great facilities


We offer a competitive salary in accordance with the Austrian collective contracts for the chemical industry.

If we have sparked your interest please direct your application to Michael Lukesch (CEO/CSO) under Please highlight your previous relevant work experiences.


We are looking forward to your application!



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