Assistant/Associate Director, Technology Licensing

Assistant/Associate Director, Technology Licensing

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Posted Job Title
Assistant/Associate Director, Technology Licensing

Job Profile Title
Associate Director, Technology Licensing

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Director of Licensing for Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, this individual will lead the identification, evaluation, protection, marketing and licensing of technologies with commercial potential resulting from the activities of faculty, staff and students in the Perelman School of Medicine.

Job Description

The Assistant/Associate Director, Technology Licensing will develop strong working relationships with investigators in the aforementioned school and support all activities associated with technology commercialization, including but not limited to: facilitating the establishment of research collaborations and alliances with industry; negotiating option and license agreements for intellectual property and tangible materials with established and start-up companies, and managing company relationships post-agreement execution; providing excellent customer and client service in all areas of effort and interaction.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Develop commercialization strategies for technologies; perform marketing analysis to include identification of, and marketing to, targeted commercial partners and investors; prepare non-confidential marketing materials for assigned technologies, with the assistance of the Marketing, Communications and Programs group within PCI, as appropriate.
  • Develop strong working relationships with faculty and student investigators of targeted departments in the School of Medicine. Meet with the investigators regularly to discuss research findings and assist in the identification of technologies with commercial potential; act as a primary contact of PCI for assigned faculty and / or department and facilitate the implementation of CDAs, MTAs, SRAs, collaboration agreements and the like, to ensure such matters are processed by PCI in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Evaluate all assigned technology disclosures to analyze their commercial potential and recommend well-articulated and diligently justified "go/no-go" decisions regarding pursuing patent protection at weekly commercialization meetings.
  • Identify and actively engage with potential industry partners and investors; perform due diligence on potential commercial partners; perform technology valuation; initiate and lead the construction and negotiation of licensing and option agreements; assist with research-related agreements with commercial entities (including sponsored research agreements), as required; be responsive to the needs of key internal and external PCI clients; manage relationships with company post-agreement execution.
  • Organize and participate in outreach activities of the Licensing Team by helping to organize and attend seminars and events.


Ph.D. required in a life science field, or equivalent doctoral degree, plus either 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience for the Assistant Director position or +5 years for the Associate Director position; understanding of research environment, preferably in higher education; excellent customer service skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost's Center

Pay Range
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66

Affirmative Action Statement
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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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