Business Development Associate

Desktop Genetics
Job Location
United Kingdom
Job Description

As a BD Associate, you will be involved in all aspects of growth for the company. You will engage with our users and customers in both industry and academia, you will analyse existing and new markets to design and implement growth strategies, and you will help shape product development to best serve the genome editing research community. You will generate value-adding content and craft marketing strategies, and deploy these to grow the company's presence in the market. Beyond this, you will also be closely involved in business operations and finances, as well as working closely with the software development teams.



    • Education min = BSc in life sciences or 2+ years industry experience in the biological sciences or management consulting.
    • Strong communication and presentational skills, comfortable with leading webinars, presentations and talks to scientists, C-level executives and PIs
    • Self starter, self learner and curious
    • Creative and open-minded
    • Able to manage projects from inception to execution & deployment
    • Passion for changing biotechnology through software
    • Have strong views about the impact of genome editing on the biotech industry


    • Engaging in market research to identify new opportunities, segments and geographies
    • Feedback internally the results of primary and secondary market research to shape product development
    • Interact directly with users to ensure they get the most out of the platform
    • Lead and own content and outreach strategies to tackle new markets
    • Lead and own conferences, all the way from planning, through execution and post-conference follow-up
    • Generate content for the users based on primary and secondary research
    • Directly support the executive team with market and customer research results
    • Analyse product-usage data to identify gaps and opportunities and refine the user interface



  • Strong understanding of genome editing technology and applications (CRISPR, ZFN, TALEN...)
  • Hands-on wet lab molecular biology experience
  • Strong understanding of the pharmaceutical R&D pipeline and value chain
  • Experience or exposure to high-growth technology start-ups
About Our Organization

We develop technologies at the intersection of biotechnology, software and laboratory automation.

We are a team of geneticists, molecular biologists, engineers and computer scientists. Together, we've developed the DESKGEN platform, an intuitive and powerful system that supports the next generation of biological research: genome editing.

This platform helps scientists be more efficient in the lab by optimising the design, construction, management, and purchase of the DNA, reagents and services important in gene editing and molecular biology. Through our platform, we aim to enable “literal Desktop Genetics”, a process that researchers can use to design CRISPR gene editing experiments, purchase reagents and find commercial entities to execute those experiments - and obtain results - without them having their own specialist laboratories. To this end, we are partnering with several leading suppliers and third party vendors to offer research tools and custom CRISPR libraries for on-demand cell line engineering.

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