Become An Ovidian

Ovid is a culture of motion. Motion toward breakthrough and curiosity, motion that ignites an urgency to improve the lives of patients, families and caregivers, motion that develops the individual and propels us towards success.

Ovid is based in the heart of New York City with a satellite office in Cambridge, MA. We are in a growing life science ecosystem, which equips us with the resources and capabilities to better serve our patient communities. Ovid channels these cities’ vibrant energy, diverse people and entrepreneurial drive to advance with imagination, discipline and deep industry experience.

We courageously take on the innate challenges and opportunities of drug development for rare neurological disorders with responsibility, agility and passion.

What it means to be an Ovidian...

“I get up in the morning in order to make a difference for people, and especially to make a difference in people living with serious illness; that’s what drives me and why I love working in the biotech industry. My passion is for helping people reach their goals and be all that they can be.”

– Amit Rakhit,
Chief Medical & Portfolio Officer

“I have a passion to be the best I can be while making others around me successful. I love a team environment and the feeling we are making an impact. Do what you love and it is never considered work.”

– Tim Daly,
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller

“My boldness comes from challenging team members to envision how they would develop medicine from the perspective of never having done it before.”

– Joe Callender,
Associate Director, Project Management

Ovidians embrace the balance of...

Ovid’s Commitment to its Employees

Together, we will build a community that:

  • Sees each employee as a business partner
  • Is innovative and thought provoking
  • Provides challenge
  • Is constructed on collaboration
  • Encourages transparency
  • Builds value and depth
  • And revels in fun and laughter

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Curious & Imaginative.




Become an Ovidian

Ovid Therapeutics Inc. is a New York-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the lives of patients with rare and orphan disorders of the brain.

While building upon our exceptional team, we aim to become a leading neurology company with multiple products and a rich pipeline, coupled with compelling research and development. Ovid was selected by BioSpace as one of the Top 20 Start-Ups to watch in the biotech sector. In May 2017, the company completed a successful initial public offering, raising $75 million to further advance the pipeline and business development activities.

Ovid Therapeutics is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees. Every Ovidian has the right to work in an atmosphere which encourages mutual respect, free from improper discrimination and harassment of any kind. Therefore, our employment decisions are based on business need, job requirements and individual qualifications and abilities. Ovid does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, family or parental status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

For Ovid, this statement is more than equal opportunity it is about being BOLD. BOLD is a place where:

  • who you are transcends what you are,
  • varied beliefs and backgrounds makes for richer discussion, and
  • diverse experience & thinking leads to innovative insights.

Join us and be BOLD!


Ovid’s pipeline is expanding rapidly, necessitating growth of the research team.  This incoming Scientist will work with contract research organizations, and in some instances academic collaborators, to test specific experimental hypotheses relating to in-house assets. Extensive hands-on experience carrying out neuroscience research is essential. This background will enable:


  • Rapid familiarization with disease related literature and appropriate model systems.
  • Development of appropriate detailed research protocols (in collaboration with internal research team and external parties).
  • Day to day oversight of external activities and progress.
  • Interpretation and communication of results to the internal team.


  • Extensive hands on experience carrying out neuroscience research, either in an academic or industry setting, is a must.
  • An MSc or preferably a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience or a related field.
  • Expertise in electrophysiological research techniques and a background in pediatric epilepsies is highly desirable.
  • A successful candidate will be internally motivated, comfortable working independently, and strive to proactively mitigate risks.
  • The desire to be in a rapidly changing start-up environment is also necessary.

The patient advocacy director supports enhances our engagement with the patient community and is key to our mission at Ovid Therapeutics to build strong relationships with the patient community. The director will report to the chief medical and portfolio management officer and will work cross-functionally with development, regulatory and commercial teams to ensure alignment of a patient-focused culture across Ovid’s strategic objectives. He/She will identify solutions that educate and empower patient organizations to improve patient’s disease awareness, quality of life, and access to therapies. The director works with patients, physicians, their families and patient advocacy groups to plan and implement short and long term programs to meet the diverse needs of the Angelman syndrome and Fragile X syndrome patient communities.


  • Weave the patient voice into global research and development efforts including clinical development, medical affairs, marketing, market access, government relations, etc.
  • Keep abreast with industry and health care legislation. Communicate updates to the external patient communities and key internal Stakeholders.
  • Implementing the short and long-term strategies to integrate and advance the various patient resources and support services offered to the Rare disease patient community.
  • Providing strategic insight on the pulse of the patient populations and ensuring strong collaborations with patient advocacy groups.
  • Building relationships and providing guidance to existing and/or evolving patient associations.
  • Identification and coordination of patient and/or caregiver presentations to internal Ovid meetings.
  • Articulate the themes of the overall patient community to your internal Ovid colleagues at any given point and time.
  • Successfully work with internal functions and external patient organizations to help them grow and develop into high functioning, sustainable organizations.
  • Staying current with relevant information and resources regarding industry and health care legislation. Providing updates regularly to the disease communities.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with large and small groups.


  • Commitment to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients.
  • Bachelor’s + Masters degree in science, social science or related field.
  • 7+ years experience in healthcare or social services, non-profit, or corporate setting (marketing, public relations, communications, patient, consumer or professional association, psychology or social science or related role).
  • Understanding of the pharma/biotech industry, regulatory process & compliance guidelines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cross functionally across multiple stakeholder organizations.
  • Committed, empathetic individual with the ability to relate to diverse groups and build substantive relationships with stakeholders, specifically those understanding the impact of living with a rare disease.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including strong presentation capability and the ability to effectively deliver information and influence stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel domestically 15-20%.
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in psychology, counseling or social work preferred.

The Global Regulatory Liaison will serve as the Regulatory member of our core development team and the main liaison with US and RoW health authorities.



  • Leads development of global regulatory strategies to ensure high likelihood of success of submissions/approvals.
  • Liaises with global regulatory authorities to manage day-to-day communications and operations.
  • Contributes to the clinical development plans, regulatory strategic plans, and provides advice on US and EU regulatory clinical trial and marketing authorization requirements to the project team.
  • Manages and implements strategies to identify, monitor, and resolve regulatory issues
  • Organizes resources and processes across multiple teams / functions to develop and deliver complete regulatory submissions within agreed timeframes.
  • Prepares and writes regulatory documents for submissions.
  • Sets priorities, key deadlines, and project milestones for regulatory function for assigned program.
  • Manages individual contributors and coaches teams for agency interactions, leads meetings, organizes debriefs, and communicates summary to management.
  • Prepares plan and internal SOP’s to manage regulatory compliance and reporting requirements.



  • Sc or M.Sc. in relevant field and at least 5 years of overall experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • In-depth knowledge of FDA regulatory requirements and IND applications.
  • Experience with multiple Health Authorities (EMA, PMDA) interactions and Scientific Advice proceedings is a plus.
  • Ability to assume accountability for a project goal/objective.
  • Experience working in cross-functional teams and with CRO’s, leading team discussions to resolve and reach agreement on project issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to motivate others and build effective teams.
  • Proficient in preparing eCTD submissions.
  • Knowledge in CNS disease area and Orphan Diseases is preferred.
  • Travel: Approximately 10% domestic and international travel for meetings with health authorities and conferences.