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Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. ~ Research Associate

Friday, January 20, 2017

Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative biopharmaceutical products for companion animals, is a fast-growing company headquartered in the greater Kansas City area. Aratana intends to become a leader in pet therapeutics by developing, manufacturing and marketing products that address unmet or underserved medical needs of pets. The Aratana approach to pet therapeutics is built around bringing the best in scientific advances from human science to veterinary medicine.
In 2016, we have received FDA approval for three innovative therapeutics:
- A prostaglandin receptor antagonist that specifically targets the EP4 receptor to target osteoarthritis pain and inflammation in dogs
- A selective ghrelin receptor agonist that mimics ghrelin, the naturally-occurring “hunger hormone,” to stimulate appetite in dogs
- A long-acting, local anesthetic that provides up to 72 hours post-operative pain relief following cranial cruciate ligament surgery in dogs
Aratana has also received licensure from the USDA for two monoclonal antibodies as aids in the treatment of lymphoma. In addition, Aratana is working on a broad portfolio of other product candidates and continues to seek in-licensing opportunities.
Aratana seeks a Research Associate to join our growing team. The Research Associate will assist in all aspects of drug development. This will include a range of activities supporting the evaluation of drug safety and effectiveness, such as assistance with oversight of laboratory and clinical animal studies, organization and quality control functions of data, technical writing and interactions with contract research organizations. This position is located at our Leawood, KS headquarters reporting to the company’s Sr. Director, Drug Development. The position is a full-time position and is available immediately. Limited domestic travel may be required.
Responsibilities and duties will be varied and will include:
 Monitor pre-clinical studies at laboratory animal facilities. Assist project manager in monitoring/coordinating clinical studies. This includes visits to the facilities to assure the study protocol is being followed and to observe animals in Aratana studies. Assure the appropriate regulatory standard (e.g. GLP, GCP) is being performed at the study site.
 Quality control review of protocols, final study reports, associated forms, scientific abstracts, manuscripts for publication, CVM submissions, and all other documents associated with drug development
 Creation of tables, graphs, and figures associated with the above documents (some data entry required)
 Assist the project manager in compiling studies and data for submission to regulatory agencies; various other administrative support tasks for regulatory submissions.
 Complete literature searches and summaries on various topics related to company development projects.
 Assist in preparing Adobe Acrobat documents - ability to add and subtract pages, number pages, hyperlink, bookmark to assure a quality document per CVM preferences.
 Assist in management of electronic and paper documents that support Aratana's drug development including archives and regulatory correspondence.
 Proficiency in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat, GraphPad and EndNote as needed.
 Assist project managers in the monitoring of studies and user acceptance testing via electronic data capture systems
 Generation, maintenance, and ensuring compliance of Standard Operating Procedures
 Provide backup for release/disposition of finished product for distribution
 Other administrative duties, technical support and tasks may be assigned as needed.
Skills and Key Competencies:
 BS degree in related area of Biology or Animal Science
 Ability to flourish in a small, rapidly growing company environment desirable
Compensation will be determined based on industry benchmarks and individualized to the candidate and will include annual base salary and potential for annual bonus. Full benefits package provided.
Aratana is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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