General Counsel

Voyager Therapeutics

Voyager Therapeutics

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2023

About Voyager

Voyager Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VYGR) is a biotechnology company dedicated to breaking through barriers in gene therapy and neurology. The potential of both disciplines has been constrained by delivery challenges; Voyager is leveraging innovative expertise in capsid discovery and deep neuropharmacology capabilities to address these constraints. Voyager’s TRACER AAV capsid discovery platform has generated novel capsids with high target delivery and blood-brain barrier penetration at low doses, potentially addressing the narrow therapeutic window associated with conventional gene therapy delivery vectors. This platform is fueling alliances with Pfizer Inc., Novartis and Neurocrine Biosciences as well as multiple programs in Voyager’s own pipeline. Voyager’s pipeline includes preclinical programs in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), each with validated targets and biomarkers to enable a path to rapid potential proof-of-biology. For more information, visit

Job Summary

The General Counsel-Corporate Secretary will provide excellent substantive advice and manage holistic risk across the enterprise while facilitating company strategies and goals. The General Counsel at Voyager will report to and act as senior Legal advisor to the CEO, the Board of Directors, the executive leadership team, and corporate and business leaders and teams. They will ensure that the business practices, policies, and activities of the Company meet legal and regulatory requirements and standards representative of best-in-class public Biotech companies. The General Counsel will also provide advice and counsel to the Board of Directors on corporate governance mandates and establish governance processes that will enhance communication with the Board while enabling efficiencies. The General Counsel is expected to maintain an enterprise-wide vision as a leader on the executive leadership team, in order to proactively identify and calibrate risks, make decisions in ‘gray’ areas, and offer solutions and a path forward. They will be expected to be a relationship-builder, credible to senior management, peers, and staff across the Company. The selected candidate will be well-respected internally throughout the enterprise, as well as externally. The General Counsel will also support the Company’s communications and investor relations functions, including helping with the design and implementation of the Company’s investor and public relations strategies in conjunction with external public relations firms.

Key Responsibilities

  • Guide and support Board of Directors’ activities, including regular meetings’ calendar, assist with agenda items, and work in partnership with other functions as necessary to support of public company disclosure requirements and SEC filings.
  • Supervise the Intellectual Property portfolio, ensuring i) an IP strategy that aligns with the Company’s priorities and businesses; ii) maintenance of the patent portfolio; and iii) protection of IP assets while optimizing monetization capabilities in any transactions.
  • Advise and support the corporate functions, both with Legal advice and documentation
  • Negotiate and draft a broad array of contracts relating to corporate activities including any agreements relating to strategic alliances, licenses, etc.
  • As our programs progress towards the clinical stage, collaborate with and support the Regulatory team, providing counsel regarding FDA and other regulatory requirements, as well as proactively monitor the regulatory environment concerning current mandates and future trends that could impact the business.
  • Provide Legal support and any necessary documentation to Human Resources on matters relating to Ethics in the Workplace, hiring and terminations, employee claims that might arise.
  • Advise on Compliance matters and provide support as needed regarding actions to be taken, investigations, interactions with regulators.
  • Litigation management and oversight.
  • Management of outside counsel.
  • Review press releases, conference call scripts, question and answer files, and other documents as necessary.
  • Manage communications of key milestones. Ensure alignment with key team members, corporate policies and objectives as well as legal compliance.
  • Any additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • An undergraduate degree and a J.D. from a fully accredited educational institution are required. Admission in good standing to the Bar in a United States jurisdiction is required.
  • Fifteen years of experience with a well-respected law firm, and as in-house counsel.
  • Knowledge in the pharmaceuticals industry, experience in public company corporate governance and disclosures, and SEC filings.
  • Adept at building relationships with colleagues, engendering credibility and trust, as well as being influential in setting direction and making decisions.
  • Must be passionate, inspired by the Company’s work and mission.
  • Board experience and familiarity with corporate governance, securities, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other relevant regulatory mandates.
  • Ability to efficiently assess situations, and be able to create paths forward
  • Must possess Knowledge of the regulatory landscape in the Life Sciences sector
  • Knowledge of compliance practices and mandates
  • Be an adept communicator, both oral and written
  • Innate ability to balance competing priorities, and make decisions
  • Experience in structuring, negotiating, and drafting documentation for transactions including licensing, and various strategic alliances