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Senior Commercial Development Manager - East

TwinStrand Biosciences

TwinStrand Biosciences

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

POSITION: Sr. Commercial Development Manager – EAST

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Commercial

DEPARTMENT: Commercial

STATUS: Exempt


TwinStrand Biosciences is a Seattle-based genomics company focused on developing cutting-edge approaches for early detection of cancer, treatment optimization, and risk prediction using our ultra-accurate TwinStrand Duplex Sequencing™ technology. Our technology enables researchers to detect genetic “needles in a haystack”. By identifying ultra-low frequency DNA mutations with a resolution 10,000-fold greater than conventional tools on the market, TwinStrand enables detection, quantification, and characterization of variants that were previously undetectable.


The Sr. Commercial Development Manager is a member of our field-based team and interacts with a wide range of customers within the life sciences fields, across different disciplines. We're specifically looking for a team member to join our sales team to represent, primarily, the Eastern U.S. Your role will be to establish and manage lasting relationships to promote TwinStrand’s ultra-accurate Duplex Sequencing™ technology via our end-to-end solutions, including comprehensive biochemistry, cloud-based software, and assay development partnerships. You will work closely with our respected Field Application Scientist team to best position the attributes of our technology portfolio and leverage your network of Key Opinion Leaders and C-level relationships to expand the opportunities for our technology to have a positive impact.

Success in this role requires a significant ability communicating across technical teams and possessing a deep understanding of next-generation sequencing platforms, applications, and markets. It will similarly necessitate a strategic mindset and a passion to understand and meet customer needs and advocate on their behalf. The responsibilities of this role extend significantly beyond that of transactional sales; achievement will be broadly viewed, not only based on short-term product uptake, but also upon inroads made into long-term adoption in both research and regulated markets.

In this role, you are an ambassador for our technology through training, co-travel with our Field Application Scientist team, and early mentoring to facilitate your rapid transition to a role with a high degree of independence. You will have support from our Field Application Scientists and Marketing teams but will be afforded significant autonomy to develop your own approaches and style for presenting the technology.

Through close customer relationships you will also serve as the eyes and ears of the company. You will form a crucial link between the market and our R&D and marketing teams. You will bring back experiences, challenges, customer input and your own suggestions to help TwinStrand continually innovate and expand our product portfolio, resources, and training materials.


  • Present yourself as a broad solution-based resource and develop and foster relationships with Key Opinion Leaders and Key Decision Makers.
  • Provide professional leadership in planning, organizing, and controlling balanced sales growth, continued account penetration, and customer satisfaction.
  • Manage and lead the development and implementation of strategic territory plans and sales tactics to attain assigned sales objectives within territory.
  • Organize and prioritize prospects based on customer needs to go beyond transactional sales to become a true strategic partner.
  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of individual customers’ needs through strong working relationships.


  • Master’s degree in life science or business degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of successful sales experience in the diagnostics/life sciences industry or highly technical product portfolio sales experience using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).
  • Outstanding track record of successful teamwork with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with clinical and translational research in genetic toxicology.
  • Additional experience in oncology, genetics and experience interacting with physician-scientists preferred.
  • Deep understanding of the competitive landscape, market drivers and trends likely to influence adoption within different application areas.


  • This field-based position will require the ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time, inclusive of academic conferences and key tradeshows.
  • Need to be capable of lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds at times.


  • Have a proven ability to be flexible, creative, diplomatic, and work in a fast-paced, high- growth environment with multiple teams and ambitious timelines.
  • Demonstrate an exceptional aptitude for navigating complex sales processes and achieve results in highly strategic accounts.
  • Have experience calling on Key Opinion Leaders, C-suite, and key decision makers in commercial sequencing, research, pharma/biotech, or related industries.
  • Genuinely celebrate the achievements of customers and colleagues and take pride in a culture of setting others up for success.


  • A mission to be proud of; you will help to provide access to a technology with unprecedented sensitivity that makes it possible to solve previously unsolvable scientific problems in basic research and translational medicine, with direct and immediate benefits to human health
  • Beautiful waterfront facility overlooking Elliott Bay with parking available
  • Competitive compensation plan
  • Comprehensive benefits: medical, dental and vision benefits for employees and dependents, sponsored life, short and long-term disability insurance, and 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Subsidized transportation program: parking, bus, ferry, rideshare, and more.
  • Onsite gym, showers, bike storage
  • Social events, happy hours, well-stocked kitchen
  • Recognition that outside life exists and is important, that flexibility is needed for family and that work can sometimes be effectively carried out remotely
  • Casual, but high-performing work environment

This position offers a base salary of $140,000 - $155,000 USD depending on experience plus quarterly commissions based on sales performance with an annual target of $50,000 USD, which can be exceeded. Company matching on 401k is up to 3%. Medical, dental, and vision are covered for employees at 90%, and for dependents at 70%. For traveling roles like this one, a monthly allowance for internet & phone along with a vehicle allowance are provided in addition to the base salary.


We are a vibrant, young company committed to applying a powerful new genomic technology across disciplines to improve human health and accelerate scientific discovery. Our mission is to develop and deliver the unprecedented accuracy of duplex sequencing for applications in the life sciences and medicine where it can do the greatest good for the maximum number of people.

Our business is multifaceted and encompasses internal development projects, external collaborations, and empowering of our partner organizations and customers. Our mission is strongly rooted in academic principles of responsible citizenship within the broader scientific community, yet executed with the nimbleness of a startup, such that research can be rapidly translated into solutions that benefit the scientific and medical community. To the greatest extent possible, we strive for open sharing of knowledge and discovery through academic presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

At TwinStrand we put a premium on creativity, dynamic thinking, and a rigorous scientific approach. You will be challenged to push the boundaries of your knowledge, skills, and comfort zone and to take ownership of your area of expertise. We expect all team members to take on some form of leadership role over time and mentor new team members as we continue to expand. We want every member of our community to come to work excited each day and able to take pride in the high-quality science to improve human health that they are contributing to.

TwinStrand Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.