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Licensing Officer, TVO

Department Description: Working at BIDMC, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School that consistently ranks as a national leader in NIH funding, the Licensing Officer, TVO, reports to the Executive Director of the TVO.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 31239BR

Job Summary: Working at BIDMC, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School that consistently ranks as a national leader in NIH funding, the Sr. Associate, TVO, reports to the Executive Director of the TVO. This position is responsible for directing outside patent counsel on the drafting and prosecution of patents and marketing & licensing intellectual property assets arising from BIDMC's research programs to for-profit companies for commercial development. The Sr. Associate, along with licensing associates, will also be responsible for drafting and negotiating sponsored research and other supportive agreements (MTAs, CDAs, SRAs, JIAs). The Sr. Associate will have extensive interaction with BIDMC principal investigators, Department and Division Chiefs, administrators, external pharmaceutical and biotechnology company representatives, venture capitalists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Evaluates new invention disclosures at BIDMC, and develops a strategy to protect these discoveries and directs outside patent counsel in the prosecution of patents
  2. Advises researchers on the preparation of invention disclosures, and on matters related to the protection and licensing of intellectual property, consistent with BIDMC internal policies on research and technology transfer. Participates in the design and implementation of programs and initiatives for increasing the participation of faculty and staff in technology transfer activities
  3. Develops commercialization strategies for BIDMC technologies, including identifying biopharma and medical device companies capable of licensing and commercializing these technologies.
  4. Negotiates drafts & maintains intellectual property agreements including license agreements, sponsored research agreements with industry, patent management agreements, & material transfer agreements. Must have the ability to draft language unique to each intellectual property agreement while remaining consistent with hospital mission and policy.
  5. Designs and executes, along with the Executive Director of the TVO, and other Senior Associate(s), innovative strategies for increasing licensing and collaborative research opportunities with a goal of increasing research revenue and maximizing the commercial potential of BIDMC's intellectual property portfolio
  6. Has the authority to direct and support employees daily work activities. Has the direct responsibility to undertake the following employment actions: hiring, termination, corrective action and performance reviews. Direct Reports: One Indirect Reports: None

  7. Assists in planning, monitoring and/or managing budget in functional area of department.

Required Qualifications:
  1. Master's degree in Biological Science required; Doctoral degree in Biological Science or JD preferred.
  2. 5-8 years related work experience required and 0-1 years supervisory/management experience required
  3. Five years of technology licensing experience in academic and/or industrial environments.
  4. Experience in the assessment and marketing of biomedical innovations, and knowledge and proficiency of financial modeling and market analysis tools.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with academic scientists and
    research/business executives in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.
  6. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions with significant, broad implications for the management and operations of a major department or multiple departments. Participates in decisions on overall strategy and direction of the organization.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are broad, complex and abstract, often involving Medical Center-wide issues and requiring substantial creativity, resourcefulness, staff engagement, Lean diagnostic techniques, negotiation and diplomacy to develop solutions.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set direction and vision for major departments or multiple departments. Establishes priorities, develops policies and allocates resources.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate complex information in English effectively in writing to all levels of staff, management and external customers across functional areas.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to verbally communicate complex concepts in English and address sensitive situations, resolve conflicts, negotiate, motivate and persuade others.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate broad and comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex and/or unprecedented situations across multiple functional areas.
  7. Team Work: Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to lead operational initiatives to meet or exceed customer service standards and expectations in assigned unit(s) and/or across multiple areas in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

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