Vice President Medical Affairs

San Francisco Bay Area

About Us

Brightseed believes in a new health paradigm where nutrition is medicine.  A paradigm informed by advances in genomics, bioinformatics, and the health sciences, resulting in solutions that reduce risk and ameliorate consequences of chronic disease.  Brightseed's reason for being is to naturally improve the quality of life. To enable this mission, we developed the Forager(TM) discovery platform, which combines machine learning and systems biology to discover naturally occurring compounds with proven clinical benefits for health and wellness.

Brightseed discoveries unleash the power of natural molecules in everyday food, as well as provide novel targets for therapeutic development.  Magellan, our first major discovery, helps restore metabolic health and combat the adverse consequences of obesity. Our discoveries will be commercialized as nutritional products, food ingredients and medical foods.

At Brightseed, we are committed to achieving transformative results with a team-first mentality.  Above all, we seek team members who are truth-seeking and trusting. This means we hold ourselves and each other accountable in our quest for groundbreaking knowledge.  We are also a highly collaborative team that prioritizes shared goals over individual tasks.  As such, we share workload, information and feedback generously and look out for each other's wellbeing.  Ultimately, we realize that achieving our purpose of improving lives through nutrition will take our collective intelligence and efforts.

Our founders have a distinguished 20-year plus track record in scientific research and translation of discoveries into commercially successful products.  We have also assembled an accomplished network of scientific and business advisors that actively engages our team as thought partners, problem solving resources, and mentors.  We are supported by a strong, aligned investor base with deep capital and a history of growing successful enterprises.

About You

You are an accomplished expert in clinical and molecular nutrition, with experience in evaluating the benefits and effects of bioactive compounds in in vitro and in vivo models.  At Brightseed, you will be responsible for developing and executing research plans to evaluate and establish the safety and efficacy of Brightseed products, primarily focused in food, medical nutrition and dietary supplement markets.  You will develop and implement plans to recruit and educate key scientific thought leaders and health practitioners about Brightseed products. You will identify new health benefit areas and nutritional molecular targets that guide new product development.  You will be the primary spokesperson for the Company on health-related scientific matters. This role reports to the CEO.

In particular, you will:

  • Design and execute screening, preclinical and clinical research plans, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Brightseed discoveries, including Magellan for metabolic health indications, often in partnership with leading academic and company investigators, and CROs.

  • Develop and implement key nutritional influencer strategy, including building relationships with key influencers who are interested in helping Brightseed educate health practitioners, the scientific community and consumers about Brightseed product benefits.

  • Guide new product development by evaluating and prioritizing potential health benefit areas and molecular nutritional targets with unmet needs, including assessing whether they are amenable to a nutritional intervention approach and experimentally tractable.

  • Support new product discovery efforts by assessing potential lead discoveries from bioactivity and safety perspectives.

  • Support new business development through scientific presentations, networking and engagement with current and prospective corporate, academic and non-profit organization partners.  Activity performed in collaboration with Brightseed Business Development lead

  • Over time, recruit and develop a strong medical and scientific affairs team and network of advisors.


During the first year at Brightseed, we would expect you to:

  • Design and successfully execute a pre-clinical plan for our first lead compound and indication.

  • Design and begin execution of a clinical plan for our lead compound

  • Develop a strategic portfolio of new health indications and targets amenable to nutritional intervention and suited to the Forager (TM) discovery platform.

  • In collaboration with our bioinformatics team, develop and execute a strategy to generalize our discovery insights for the betterment of both population and personalized health and nutrition.                             


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and/or M.D.

  • Deep knowledge of biochemistry and cellular and animal models for various health indications, as well as clinical statistics.

  • Minimum of 7 - 10 years of experience in nutritional or therapeutic preclinical and clinical practice.  Proven experience designing and successfully implementing preclinical and clinical studies.

  • Additional experience with one or more of the following a plus:  Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Natural Product Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Next Generation Sequencing

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Self starting, entrepreneurial orientation a must.

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