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Licensing Manager, Life Sciences

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 27, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other, Grants & Contracts, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Office of Applied Innovation is seeking to hire two Licensing Managers. One focusing on Life Sciences and the other Engineering. This position will focus primarily on technologies in life sciences disciplines and will be part of a multidisciplinary team covering the breadth of Drexel’s research expertise. This position is being filled simultaneously with one focused on engineering technologies.

The mission of Drexel Applied Innovation is to expand the impact of Drexel research through comprehensive technology transfer services delivered seamlessly by the pillars of Intellectual Property & Agreements, Industry Engagement and Entrepreneurial Development.

Essential Functions

As a member of the Intellectual Property (IP) & Agreements pillar, the Licensing Manager will:
  • Protect Drexel discoveries and innovation through patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets
  • Develop timely and high-quality contracts and agreements to support tech transfer and industry sponsored research
Relationship building and Customer Service
  • Connect and collaborate with faculty, professional and administrative staff, outside service providers, companies, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Assess and commercialize inventions
  • Identify research programs and discoveries with commercial potential
  • Drive the process for analyzing the commercial potential of Drexel technologies, developing, and executing commercialization strategies, and execute marketing and business development efforts
Review and negotiate agreements
  • Draft and negotiate term sheets, confidentiality agreements, options, licenses and inter-institutional agreements, memoranda of understanding, material transfer agreements and other agreements and contracts necessary in the licensing process
Education and training
  • As a member of Drexel Applied Innovation, educate the Drexel community about Drexel Applied Innovation services and promote the culture of innovation
Other related duties as assigned by Director, IP & Agreements and Executive Director, Drexel Applied Innovation

Required Qualifications
  • MS or PhD in a life science discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least 3 years related experience in technology commercialization
  • Experience in managing a large, diverse set of tasks and projects
  • Knowledge of disciplines relevant to the university’s program in life sciences
  • Must process excellent analytical and negotiating skills
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Independent self-starter and strong work ethic
  • Good attention to details, follow through and closing
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in academic technology transfer
  • Experience is corporate or academic business development
  • Evidence of creative problem-solving, entrepreneurship, initiative, and intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstrated ability to work energetically and produce results over extended periods

University City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Oct 27 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Jan 31 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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