The mission of the NSF Center for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio) is to make transformative discoveries, train a diverse workforce, and connect resources and partnerships to ethically translate technologies for storage and distribution of living biological systems. ATP-Bio’s vision is to stop biological time allowing living products to be readily available across the globe to advance healthcare, biodiversity, and food supply and sustainability.
The Strategic Partner & Innovation (SPI) Director is a key leadership role within ATP-Bio. The SPI will be the point of contact with the Center’s industrial, innovation, government, and non-profit members, and will facilitate communications and cultivate relationships with existing and prospective members. ATP-Bio currently has 20 members, which is expected to grow as research advances. The SPI will interface directly with Center leadership and the Center’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to identify industry-focused projects, help move technologies towards successful commercialization, and expand the industrial support of the Center.
The SPI Director will collaborate with other entities at UMN including the Institute for Engineering and Medicine (IEM), Bakken Medical Devices Center (BMDC), Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Visible Heart Lab (VHL).
Key Responsibilities: Member Engagement (~40%) Work actively to recruit and retain industrial and other partners by networking and actively seeking opportunities for industrial participation in research, development, commercialization, and educational activities of the Center. Promote ATP-Bio to partner institutions, potential and actual industry sponsors, and attendees at various conferences and trade shows. Organize and lead periodic meetings with industry and Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) members. Facilitate IAB activities including project and proposal evaluation, ATP-Bio SWOT analysis, collecting feedback on ATP-Bio’s convergent research plan.
Innovation Ecosystem (~30%) Play a leadership role in developing and implementing the strategic goals for ATP-Bio’s Innovation Ecosystem, including their associated evaluation criteria, metrics and data collection processes. Contribute to regular reports on the Center’s activities related to ATP-Bio members and the Innovation Ecosystem to Center leadership and NSF. Assist in disseminating research to develop connections with potential applications, including contributing to the Center’s communication strategy & plan. Play a leadership role in developing a strategy for ATP-Bio financial sustainability through external funding by researching, identifying, and communicating potential sources of funding. Target large projects by creating teams with university and industry.
Commercialization & Tech Transfer (~15%) Identify key commercial applications and commercialization pathways of ATP-Bio technologies. Assist in the identification of new IP and the formation of new start-ups. Work with the Tech Transfer Offices (TTOs) at the member universities and faculty in filing disclosures, technology transfer agreements, and licensing agreements. Support licensing negotiations in conjunction with industrial partners and ATP-Bio core member universities TTOs.
Integrative activities with other Center components (~15%) Work with ATP-Bio Workforce Development leadership to facilitate student/industry relations through internships, student participation in joint projects with industry, career seminars, career placement, etc. Work with ATP-Bio Ethics & Public Policy (EPP) leadership to support and advance two-way engagement between the EPP and ATP-Bio members (academic and industry) and other stakeholders to support the ethical translation of ATP-Bio technologies. Work with ATP-Bio Diversity & Culture of Inclusion (DCI) leadership to amplify and integrate ATP-Bio’s DCI efforts into Innovation Ecosystem strategy, programs, and activities.
Bachelor’s degree (in engineering, biology, physics, or closely related field, preferred) and at least 10 years of experience. Working knowledge of intellectual property issues including patenting, licensing and commercialization Minimum 5 years’ experience in corporate research and technology development Excellent written and oral communication skills Excellent organizational skills Successful project management experience Business or relevant industrial experience
Preferred Qualifications: Masters or doctoral degree in engineering, biology, physics, or closely related field 10 years’ experience in corporate research and technology development Experience with technology-based start-up companies or related entrepreneurial experience Familiarity with range of relevant industries and technologies
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