Advancing mental health interventions through EHR software & research

VP, Life Sciences

San Francisco, CA / Remote
Job Type
6+ years
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About the role

Osmind is the platform for clinicians and researchers advancing new life-saving mental health treatments. Today, mental health disorders are one of the leading causes of death worldwide, especially among young adults, and are tied to shortening lifespans. While there have been developments in new psychiatric medications since the first FDA approval in 1954, today there is a growing movement among clinicians, patients, and researchers who are recognizing the need to accelerate new science.

The Osmind treatment platform is currently used by leading interventional mental health practices to safely administer, monitor, and analyze the use of TMS, ECT, ketamine, SPRAVATO®, and psychedelic medicine for people living with moderate to severe mental health conditions. The core EHR technology is precisely developed for interventional treatment workflows and designed to support a strong therapeutic alliance, including journaling tools and assistance with health plan reimbursement, which is a significant access hurdle for millions of patients.

Research from our platform is already helping to set new standards for mental health interventions. In the largest published real-world analysis of ketamine infusion therapy (KIT), we teamed up with Stanford University School of Medicine to share findings in the Journal of Affective Disorders (March 2022).

Osmind is a San Francisco–based public benefit corporation led by scientists, technologists, and psychiatrists. We are backed by top investors DFJ Growth, General Catalyst, Future Ventures, Tiger Global, and Y Combinator.

The opportunity

We are a series B funded Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) building something that actually moves the needle on the global mental health crisis. (See here for an article our cofounder Jimmy wrote about PBC’s.)

We are searching for a VP of Life Sciences to spearhead our scientific strategy at Osmind. In this role, you will play a foundational role in our company by setting the vision for our internal and external-facing scientific R&D. You will take your industry drug development experience and translate that into the strategy for our enterprise product offerings spanning RWE, biomarker discovery, clinical trial recruitment and site selection, and more. You will report directly to the company cofounders and be a core part of the executive leadership team making key strategic decisions.

Let’s transform neuropsychiatry, together.

What you'll do

  • Be our company's leader in all things R&D on the life sciences front. Leverage experience and industry knowledge to lead scientific and strategic decision-making as a core member of the executive leadership team
  • Work with co-founders and relevant executive leadership (e.g. VP Medical Affairs, Medical Director, Head of Life Sciences BD, leaders of engineering, data science, and product teams) to develop enterprise products spanning RWE, biomarker discovery, clinical trial recruitment, and site selection, etc.
  • Deeply understand pharma needs for clinical development
  • Help prioritize types of data and product lines based on scientific utility and customer needs. For example, what types of data would be most valuable to better subtype patients or develop novel endpoints in clinical trials for mood disorders?
  • Lead the scientific vision of internal validation of our dataset; work with the data science team to define the data model. For example, how should we discover and validate an algorithm for precision medicine / clinical decision support with rapid-acting antidepressants?
  • Be the scientific and clinical expert when interfacing with biopharma, device, and diagnostics companies and their scientific experts and PI's
  • Help us grow our enterprise pipeline. Leverage connections to key executives, get intros, lead scientific diligence calls
  • Work with pharma counterpart to scope out technical needs of partnerships
  • Contribute to research projects (e.g. with academic partners), working with our VP Medical Affairs. Co-author peer-reviewed articles that stem from research projects and serve as the PI of certain research projects.
  • Stay up to date on cutting-edge science, literature, and industry news in neuropsychiatry, neuroscience, and RWE, while continually refining our strategy to remain at the leading edge of innovation.

Required Qualifications

  • MD, PhD, or both
  • Strong R&D experience in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry
  • Minimum 10 years in biopharma or interfacing with biopharma (e.g. CRO, a healthcare data company, consulting, academia)
  • Deep understanding of how RWE can benefit pharma R&D, commercial efforts
  • Expertise in clinical-stage asset development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantive scientific and/or clinical research experience, with expertise in translational neuroscience and proven track record (such as strong publication list)
  • Exposure to pharma BD or commercial divisions is a plus
  • Experience working at a startup is a plus
  • We prefer for the VP Life Sciences to be located at our headquarters in San Francisco (hybrid work 2-3 days a week, public health situation permitting); however, we are open to discussing remote options with regular travel to SF. We are willing to provide relocation assistance.
  • We prefer immediate full-time involvement. However, we are also open to part-time structures to begin with the eventual shift to full-time.


  • Competitive salary and equity package.
  • 100% employer contribution to healthcare insurance (medical, dental, vision) and 50% contribution for dependents
  • 401K matching
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Flexible working hours to match your style
  • In-office in San Francisco (Potrero Hill) 2-3 days a week in 2022 pending public health guidelines
  • In-office perks: catered food and lunch, snacks and drinks, happy hours, etc.
  • Contribute to one of the most innovative areas of medicine: frontier neuropsychiatry
  • Be part of an all-star team that is intellectually rigorous, highly collaborative, deeply caring, and likes to have fun
  • Tremendous growth opportunity and autonomy given we're a high-growth startup

About us and more

  • The tl;dr: we're a tight-knit group of intellectually rigorous, highly collaborative, deeply caring, and fun team members. We take the work that we do very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Sometimes you’ll catch us singing karaoke, making memes, or going out for a run together.
  • We have a five-star average Glassdoor review.

Some candidates may see the list above and feel discouraged because they don't match all the items. Please apply anyway: there's a good chance you also have important skills we’ve missed! We are committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences, and we're taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, underrepresented people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Osmind is a public benefit corporation and platform for clinicians and researchers advancing new life-saving mental health treatments. We recently published our first Public Benefit Report that chronicles how our team of scientists, technologists, and psychiatrists have been working to help solve the worldwide mental health crisis, advance responsible innovation and research, and help ensure robust access to care for patients of all backgrounds. Read the report here: https://www.osmind.org/pbc.

Why you should join Osmind

There are 22M+ Americans who suffer from treatment-resistant mental health conditions, meaning they’ve failed two or more conventional treatments. Our mission is to further innovative mental health treatments (ranging from FDA-approved psychedelic medicines to neuromodulation to digital therapeutics to novel molecular approaches) for those patients who are suffering the most. We do this by empowering providers, improving patient care, and accelerating research. Our electronic medical records software is used by mental health doctors and their patients across the US. We analyze the data to help the doctors deliver better care and also offer insights to help research and development of new treatments that actually work.

Backed by top-tier investors (e.g. General Catalyst, Future Ventures, Tiger Global, Y Combinator, Jerry Yang, Joshua Kushner, etc.), Osmind’s team consists of mission-driven experts from across tech and healthcare. We're a tight-knit group of intellectually rigorous, highly collaborative, deeply caring, and fun team members. We've been featured in publications such as Forbes and Crunchbase News.

Team Size:50
Location:San Francisco
Lucia Huang
Lucia Huang
Jimmy Qian
Jimmy Qian