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Lead, Primary Packaging and Combination Product Integration Scientist

Lexington, Massachusetts


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Lead, Primary Packaging and Combination Product Integration Scientist

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Job ID SR0035521 Date posted 02/04/2020 Location Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

Responsible for applying advanced principles of primary packaging technology and engineering in the independent initiation and execution of technical primary packaging aspects for combination products.

This position is to develop innovative new primary packaging concepts (CCS), qualify and implement optimal and cost-effective primary packaging solutions that offer best in class process efficiency to operations in the different Operation Sites. Another aspect of this role is LCM and proper support of existing products related to CCS.

This role will work very closely with the device development, packaging engineers and drug product groups to coordinate all aspects for primary packaging in accordance with best practice to ensure that regulatory requirements are being met.

This role will be involved in the development and launch of primary packaging components; assess, develop, design, specify, test and implement primary packaging solutions at external and/or internal manufacturing sites. Additional responsibilities include CCIT deliverables and resolving manufacturing issues.



  • Develop innovative new concepts for primary packaging, qualify and implement CCS solutions
  • Manage primary packaging activities including developing, qualifying and implementing of CCS.
  • provide guidance to the laboratory for the testing of CCS and development of CCIT methods
  • Lead, manage and execute all CCS aspects of a project.  Accountable for delivering on specific performance indicators, including but not limited to:
    • Primary packaging Component Specifications, Bill of Materials, Technical Protocols, feasibility & functional testing and trouble shooting
  • May be the Process Owner and /or the Execution Lead, for one or more processes, including but not limited to:
    • Development of Requirements
    • Selection of new and existing CCS for Combination Products
    • Support Development activities and own all CCS related aspects including CCIT testing
    • Support in CCS related investigation
    • Act as interface between Devices/combination Product development and drug product team
    • Support submission activities


  • Will work with internal stakeholder to create or enhance primary packaging capabilities to deliver the needed quality required by our patients. 
  • Will partner with packaging engineering group to ensure quality in product packaging and drive elimination of customer complaints relating to packaging.
  • Must build and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external partner organizations including but not limited to; Component Suppliers, CMOs, Product Strategy Leads, Quality Assurance, Procurement, Business Development, Research and Development and Manufacturing Teams. 


  • Serve as a Point of contact for Primary Packaging aspects to the Product Technical Teams
  • Support protocols development for the feasibility testing
  • Support and lead labeling change process by evaluating the impact on primary packaging material on operations.
  • Recruit and manage external resources, such as, Consultants and Contractors, as needed to deliver projects.
  • To remain current with developments in their respective specialization or practice by actively engaging in and participating in professional organizations.
  • Represents device development and external manufacturing on
  • Investigate new sources and make recommendations on primary packaging materials and support material change and implementation.
  • Must be able to function independently and influence appropriate stakeholders and recommend scientifically rigorous, risk-management based solutions to complex technical challenges.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • familiar with CCIT methods such as dye ingress, head space analysis, vacuum decay, and high voltage leak detection
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific/technical discipline with a minimum of 8 years related experience. Applies expert knowledge of scientific/technical principles and concepts in managing technical programs such as Package design development for primary packaging systems
  • Experience in global product launches and the associated CMC regulatory requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge of cGMP/GLP regulations, ICH, FDA CMC Guidance Documents and DEA Regulations is preferred.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects of variable complexity.

Other Job Requirements

  • Travel of up to 25% may be required

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