Research and Development Manager

Empower is a dynamic and fast growing FDA registered 503A Compounding Pharmacy and 503B Outsourcing Facility based in Houston, Texas. We take immense pride in providing our patients with a broad list of health and wellness products to improve their quality of life. Empower is focused on delivering the finest quality healthcare products at competitive prices by disrupting the antiquated pharmaceutical model. We believe in providing world class customer service and delivery processes to our patients, while ensuring their safety through investing in our people and the latest technologies.

Our leadership understands that the basis of a great company is our people. Our diverse culture is akin to a fast-paced Silicon Valley startup and is the foundation for the company’s broader perspective, to serve the needs of our patients through innovation. Empower is in search of bright, self-motivated professionals who are focused, open-minded, and hard-working. This is your opportunity to be part of a company and culture that will appreciate and leverage your unique talents to make a difference in the lives of our patients.

Position Summary 

The Research and Development Manager will lead the overall formulation strategy for Empower drug candidates. As the pipeline progresses, this is a unique opportunity to lead formulation development and commercial drug product manufacturing. An excellent opportunity for a science-focused, hands-on technical leader to develop formulations.


  • Provide strategic and technical leadership in the development and manufacturing of all new oral, injectable, and IV formulations (sterile and non-sterile) to support robust commercial products
  • Responsible for executing all research and development studies through in-house efforts
  • Research, investigate, and develop original techniques of compounding and making available for use new drugs
  • Coordinates closely with Operations and Quality leadership to ensure development activities align with established company systems and long term commercial scale manufacturing requirements
  • Transfers knowledge to operations and quality teams for successful commercialization
  • Coordinate with operations to manage scale-up, process development and validation
  • Plan, manage and complete technical projects and activities necessary to design, develop and optimize new and improved formulations/products/delivery systems
  • Creatively link formulation and/or product science and technology opportunities to the needs of the business through development and transfer of new products from idea to commercialization, transfer technologies from bench/pilot to manufacturing scale and successfully implement proprietary and differentiated technical solutions;
  • Manage the identification, assessment and development of enabling technology/delivery form platforms to enable meaningfully unique confectionary delivery of current and future ingredients/bioactives;
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, draw conclusions and make recommendations from data to enable technical execution of projects, modify methodologies to improve the quality, accuracy and usefulness of data
  • Design, conduct and document stability testing protocols to recommend and support product dating
  • Develop enabling formulation approaches

 Knowledge & Skills 

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strategic view as well as hands on problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently to manage work tasks effectively
  • Must be detail oriented and possess high level of accuracy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work effectively across all levels
  • Ability to adapt to changing responsibilities while coordinating multiple job tasks
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Must be self-starter and results-driven
  • Must possess problem solving and analytical skills
  • Sensitivity to confidential documents and information

 Qualifications - Experience/Training/Education/Etc. 
  • Advanced degree in Science, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy, or related field
  • 5-7 years related experience
  • Previous successful management experience is required
  • Expertise in USP, cGMP, FDA guidelines

  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Prescription Services
  • 401(k) with company matching 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Potential for career growth within an expanding team and organization
  • Sundays Off 

Job Type: Full time exempt

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