Corporate Counsel - Concentric


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Ginkgo Bioworks is a publicly traded (NYSE: $DNA), high-growth biotechnology company based in Boston’s Seaport District, that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, material, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have launched a new service: Concentric by Ginkgo. We firmly believe that testing is an essential requirement to re-open the economy as quickly and safely as possible. Concentric is the largest provider of K-12 COVID-19 testing. We currently run state-level K-12 testing programs in more than 10 states and some of the nation’s largest school districts. To date, Concentric has sequenced more than 10,000 samples from a variety of sample types, in support of public health.
Our Legal Team is focused on providing creative solutions for the groundbreaking endeavors that Ginkgo drives forward. We strive for agility, efficiency, and collaboration in our work, and enthusiastic irreverence in our team-building activities. We’re seeking a talented, creative, motivated, and energetic Corporate Counsel to join our Concentric team. In this role, you will provide counsel on various matters, including contractual matters, FDA and healthcare, data privacy and a variety of other legal and business issues. Reporting to our Associate General Counsel for Concentric, you will be part of an exciting, high growth company and a dynamic legal team. Your role will be critical to the success of our growing biosecurity offering.


  • Help to build the legal function at Ginkgo by supporting various corporate, regulatory and compliance matters with a dynamic team of lawyers
  • Enhance our biosecurity business by working with the Concentric by Ginkgo team, providing transactional support for Concentric testing initiatives and other business endeavors
  • Assist our commercial, procurement and operations teams to implement and monitor compliance measures in an ever-changing regulatory environment
  • Liaise with outside counsel and counterparties as required 
  • Thorough contracting experience with distributors, suppliers and service providers in an insurance-reimbursed industry
  • Help train internal clients on contracting and compliance policies, procedures and systems as required
  • Integrate functional best practices and efficiencies while reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, service agreements, collaboration agreements, consulting agreements, material transfer agreements, acquisitions and other contracts
  • Stay updated on new laws regulations, and industry trends affecting the business unit

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS degree
  • JD and licensed to practice law in the United States
  • 3+ years’ experience practicing law in a law firm and/or a corporation

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • Can-do attitude
  • Optimistic problem solver
  • Nurture and advance our company mission and values
  • Navigate within a fast-paced, complex business organization and support finance, human resources, communications and commercial departments in a publicly-traded corporation
  • Experience with healthcare fraud and abuse laws, FDA labeling and promotional matters, antitrust, and privacy and data protection laws is preferred
  • Creative, strategic thinker with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Thoughtful legal advisor with a strong commitment to personal and professional ethics and integrity
  • Experience using a contract lifecycle management system is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability adapt quickly and multi-task various matters

Note on Culture:  Concentric by Ginkgo is a high energy, positive and fast paced environment where new challenges and opportunities arise every day, so this opportunity is ideal for people who thrive in those kinds of environments, and for people who like lots of variety in their day. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow. The team is motivated by doing high impact work in service to society. To get a sense of the culture at Ginkgo, read some articles in Grow by Ginkgo, the company magazine we produce, which tells the story of synthetic biology in a Ginkgo-authentic way.
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:What is it really like to take your company public via a SPAC? One Boston biotech shares its journey (Fortune)Ginkgo Bioworks resizes the definition of going big in biotech, raising $2.5B in a record SPAC deal that weighs in with a whopping $15B-plus valuation (Endpoints News)Ginkgo Bioworks CEO on scaling up Covid-19 testing: ‘If we try, we can win’ (CNBC)Ginkgo raises $70 million to ramp up COVID-19 testing for employers, universities (Boston Globe)Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)Ginkgo Bioworks Provides Support on Process Optimization to Moderna for COVID-19 Response (PRNewswire)The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  
We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.
It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.
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