The Director/Deputy Director of Licensing and Technology Development (“the Director”) will manage the licensing efforts within MUSC Foundation for Research Development (FRD) with the support of two licensing professionals and also direct the tech transfer business development activities that involves the funding of internal projects and industry relationships
Education and Work Experience
The minimum requirement is an advanced degree (MA, MS, PhD, MBA, or JD) and ten years’ relevant technology transfer experience in biology, chemistry, public health and/or other related fields such as business administration. The successful candidate will preferably have industry/lab experience developing early stage technologies and experience with patenting and licensing. The Director will be a teamwork oriented, self-starting professional with excellent communication, interpersonal and management skills; and will have the ability to concurrently manage several projects.
Reporting to the Executive Director of FRD, the Director will manage one to two licensing professionals engaged in the tech transfer activities related to the biological sciences and medical device areas. The successful candidate should be well versed in the invention disclosure, technology triage, patenting, marketing and licensing processes. This is a leadership role that will involve implementing the strategic initiatives of FRD, mentoring licensing managers, and developing procedures for the organization.
In addition, the Director will lead the technology development function to ensure MUSC intellectual property and projects are advanced towards commercialization milestones using a variety of funding tools like internal gap funds, SBIR/STRR funding, South Carolina Clinical & Transitional Research Institute (SCTR) funding and industry sponsorships. A thorough understanding of the SBIR and STTR granting process is a must since the Director will lead the faculty during the submission process. The successful candidate will work closely with SCTR on other transitional activities that include faculty training and outreach.
- Proven track record of technology licensing and gap funding management
- Strong leadership skills to deal with the many technology transfer stakeholders
- Established network of business and industry relationships
- Familiarity with both the pharmaceutical and medical device markets
- Ability to represent FRD professionally both internally and externally
- Excellent business management skills, written and oral