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Project Lead, Precision Medicine

Location: San Francisco
Job Code: 277
# of openings: 1


The World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the “Center”) in San Francisco is looking for a Project Lead to contribute to the Forum’s Precision Medicine Initiative.
Precision medicine is an approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in environment, lifestyle and genes for each person, to provide more targeted and customizable approaches to health care. This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. In order to realize the full potential of precision medicine, substantial economic, regulatory, social, and technical challenges to its broad implementation will need to be resolved. These key challenges include:
  • the need for evidence generation of precision medicine’s effect
  • accelerating data sharing and infrastructure needs
  • integrating genomic and molecular data into clinical practice and research
  • developing innovation-oriented reimbursement models and regulatory frameworks
In coming years, the Precision Medicine Initiative will launch a number of individual projects to create policy and governance frameworks that will be piloted by governments around the world in order to shape how emerging technologies are integrated into more targeted health care delivery to benefit society while minimizing risks. The learnings and outcomes from these pilot projects should be scalable and facilitate continued innovation in public-private governance approaches in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Project Lead, Precision Medicine will work closely with the Forum’s System Initiative on the Future of Health and Healthcare team and contribute to the successful delivery of the Projects, and he/she will report to the Head of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The Project Lead will collaborate across other Center projects such as autonomous vehicles, civilian use of drones, environment, Internet of Things (IoT), digital trade and cross border data flows, and blockchain.
The successful candidate will engage across the Forum's existing global communities of business executives, leading academicians from the world's top research universities, government officials, start-up community, media, civil society organizations, social entrepreneurs, and Center Partners which include to begin with Salesforce, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, SAP, Palantir, Huawei, IDEO, Reliance Industries, Turkcell, and the American Heart Association. The position is based in San Francisco.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support the Project team through the following phases:
  • Global survey and mapping of already existing work on Precision Medicine and defining gaps in current policy frameworks
  • Definition of issue(s) and policy-related questions to be investigated on Precision Medicine and opportunities for impact
  • Develop policy and governance frameworks and deploy pilots with partner governments and other stakeholders, employing user centered design principles
  • Selection and engagement of partners from industry, government, academia, international organizations and civil society in the initiation, leadership and management of the project
  • Project launch, delivery, integration, coordination, and scaling of impacts through a highly collaborative approach
  • Project manage, track and communicate progress for the Core and Project communities, through the use of digital interactive space and digital objects
  • Drive the deployment of Forum transformation maps and other digital platforms and tools to support community engagement and project delivery
Depending on the phase of the project, the role will entail a combination of the above or more focus on certain responsibilities.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Master’s (or higher) degree in public policy or business administration with a focus on technology and innovation, health care, emerging technologies or similar fields
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with scoping and project management of entrepreneurial initiatives, starting new teams, and identifying opportunities for impact in crowded spaces with volatility, complexity, risk and ambiguity
  • Excellent verbal and written language skills in English; verbal proficiency in other languages would be an asset
  • Proven ability to design and manage medium to large-scale project design and delivery
  • Experience in relevant health care innovation or precision medicine related topics at an international level, within the private sector or civil society
  • Understanding of governance approaches relevant for precision medicine, such as regulations, standards, guidelines or other policy tools
  • Understanding and networks into the precision medicine ecosystem, including key governing bodies, initiatives, decision makers, thought leaders and scholars at an international level
  • Ability to quickly develop an understanding of, and navigate, internal and external systems and issues that have organisational impact
  • Excellent strategic and business acumen combined with the ability to “roll up your sleeves” in a dynamic and demanding environment
  • Proven project management, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Passion for addressing urgent, global issues and advancing the mission of the World Economic Forum and the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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