Senior Manager, Biomarker Operations

Denali Therapeutics

Denali Therapeutics

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2023

Neurodegenerative diseases are one of the largest medical challenges of our time. Denali Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to developing breakthrough therapies for neurodegenerative diseases through our deep commitment to degeneration biology and principles of translational medicine. Denali is founded on the collaboration of leading scientists, industry experts, and investors who share the vision that scientific discovery energetically applied to translational medicine is the key to delivering effective therapies to patients.

We invite you to consider an opportunity with Denali to help achieve our goal of delivering meaningful therapeutics to patients.

The Opportunity:

Denali Therapeutics is seeking a Senior Manager, Biomarker Operations in support of the company’s Development Operations group. You will manage the biospecimen lifecycle for Denali’s clinical programs through collaboration with Clinical Operations, Data Management, Translational Science, Biomarker and Pharmacology scientists, and external vendors that support Denali’s clinical studies. You will also supervise and train BMO clinical study leads.


  • Development of biospecimen lifecycle strategies through close collaboration with project teams and biomarker scientists
  • Ensure program level consistency and cross-program standardization of biospecimen collection, processing, storage, and analysis
  • Supervise, support and train Biomarker Operations clinical study leads
  • Contribute to development of study protocols, ICFs and other relevant study documents
  • Collaborate with Clinical Operations, Procurement and Quality in the selection and management of central laboratories and specialty bioanalysis labs to ensure they meet study requirements and adhere to relevant compliance standards
  • Manage the creation of complex sample management plans and laboratory documents that ensure the proper collection and storage of samples at clinical sites
  • Create systems and tools to manage sample analysis plans and enable study leads to deliver samples to appropriate analysis vendors on time
  • Facilitate biomarker vendor interactions with Data Management to ensure consistency in the transmission of sample metadata for accurate identification of analyzed samples
  • Design LIMS study collection plans to allow real-time import of incoming samples into Biosample Management’s LIMS Database. This requires coordination with scientists, CROs and vendors and ability to interpret clinical study protocols.
  • Lead process improvement projects

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Medical Technology, or related field plus 7+ years of experience in Clinical Operations, Translational Sciences, Biomarker Operations,
  • OR combination of advanced degree in relevant field with 5+ years of experience
  • Ability to lead effectively in a cross-functional team matrix environment
  • Working knowledge of biosample management for clinical trials. Familiarity with relevant FDA & ICH/GCP regulations is
  • Ability to review and interpret clinical research protocols
  • Technical know how to create tools to solve operational challenges and improve workflows
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with “can do” attitude and commitment to work as part of a team
  • Seeks change & values innovation
  • Advanced planning and organization skills and excellent analytical skills

Denali is committed to its core company value of unity by creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, basis of disability, or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Salary Range: $158,000 - $181,333. Compensation for the role will depend on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies, and experience. Denali offers a competitive total rewards package, which includes a 401k, healthcare coverage, ESPP and a broad range of other benefits. Learn more at

This compensation and benefits information is based on Denali’s good faith estimate as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future.

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