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ASSOC DIR, TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION
Job Title: ASSOC DIR, TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION
Job Code: 1077
Job Level: 17
Revised Date: 07/23/2015
Job Family: JF 28
Reporting to the Executive Director of Licensing and Ventures, responsible for undertaking activities leading to the commercialization of technologies and inventions originating in all University laboratories in a manner consistent with University policies and values. These activities include independent management of an extensive portfolio of time-sensitive patent and licensing cases, identification and patenting of transferable technologies, evaluation of commercial potential, development of commercialization strategies, and negotiation of licenses in the execution of approved strategies.
Establish high level of understanding of Medical School and University wide faculty interests and accomplishments.
Identify transferable technologies invented.
Evaluate commercial potential of technologies.
Prepare a written description of each technology and its current stage of development; its competitive advantages and disadvantages when compared to other related technologies.
Review and process invention disclosures; determine whether disclosed or additional protection is necessary or justified.
Communicate closely with Patent Administrator regarding important decisions of protection process.
Determine the nature and extent of the primary markets to which the technology applies including size and structure.
Develop marketing and/or licensing strategy for each technology deemed to have commercialization potential; prepare profiles of companies addressing the relevant markets.
Find the best licensee for a given invention through research, networking, personal contacts and communication with inventors.
Draft and negotiate legal agreements for patent licenses and options, and other technology transfer agreements required to execute strategies.
Act as the point of contact for the negotiation of all business terms and conditions for licenses.
Perform technical liaison tasks and ensure technical support for licensees.
Promote commercial use of new technologies that may lead to new business ventures, particularly those where the employee inventor may also act as entrepreneur.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Work requires knowledge generally obtained through a Ph.D. in science or engineering.
Work requires five years administrative experience in an industrial, academic environment; preferably with experience in an academic environment sponsoring research productivity and patient activity.
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Negotiation skills, evidenced by transactional negotiation experience.
Experience with financial modeling and intellectual property valuation, evidenced by MBA or equivalent experience.
Experience in developing and marketing mobile digital health applications.
Experience in the use of database applications Highest level of ethics and integrity.
Experience with patentability analysis, patents, and patent life management.
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills with solid attention to detail.
A team player with strong communication skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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