Director, Coulter Project

Miami, Florida
Mar 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Coulter Program Director (CPD) in the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research (WHCC) will be the primary resource for the University of Miami (UM) to enable and lead an innovative translational research process. This individual will have direct impact on improving patient care and translational research efforts at the Miller School of Medicine.

Job Description

The CPD will have many challenging responsibilities within this program that include but are not limited to:

Maintain and disseminate annual Request for Proposals (RFP) for commercialization grant

Lead biomedical research and clinical faculty to develop and present commercialization grant applications to the Oversight Committee (OC) that are translational in nature, address an unmet clinical need, and have market potential,

Perform commercialization analysis and due diligence for incoming proposals and funded projects,

Budget Administration including: Development of overall program annual budget and individual proposal project budgets; ongoing review project budgets to determine project progress; presentation of project budget at Coulter team meetings; and maintenance of relationship with UM Finance office staff to manage account creation and no-cost extension processes.

Act as the primary liaison with the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) to identify potential industry partners for follow on funding of the projects in the form of licenses, start-up ventures or government funding (SBIR, STTR, etc.),

Assist the Executive Director of the WHCC in organizing and operating the OC and Internal Advisory Board meetings as needed, to fund and monitor selected translational research projects and Center productivity/progress,

After the selection of a number of funded projects on an annual basis, work with the project faculty and their departmental administration to ensure the attainment of project goals and critical milestones toward financing and commercialization of products,

Act as a primary conduit for the connection to internal and external resources that can ensure the success of each project. Examples of such resources include:

Prototype development and in-vitro or in-vivo testing facilities

Contacts with external resources including market research, regulatory advice and business plan development

Business school and venture capital firms to develop commercialization strategies and business presentations

In conjunction with OTT, provide guidance and oversight to ensure the proper intellectual property strategy is executed for each project,

Work with the WHCC Executive Director and requisite UM administrative offices to build awareness and foster collaborations among the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Law, Business, etc., as needed

In conjunction with the WHCC Executive Director and other requisite offices establish a training and education program to instill the Coulter Process inter-institutionally,

Assist the WHCC Executive Director in the preparation of progress reports, presentations to the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (WHCF) and other reporting requirements as needed,

Maintain an updated Coulter Score Card and a presentation about program successes,

Maintenance of WHCC’s web presence

Develop a close working relationship with the CPDs at WHCF Translational Partnership schools in order to share best practices, identify mutually beneficial resources and assist the WHCF in developing metrics to measure the long term success of the program

Initiate and sustain a leadership role at UM to ensure the appropriate visibility and sustainability among the administration, faculty, and local economic development resources,

Promote appropriate projects to the angel and venture capital community with the goal of providing follow up financing and commercialization,

Overarching grant administration for all funded WHCC projects.

Job Requirements:

Candidates for CPD need to be comfortable in a fast paced and unstructured environment that interfaces with the academic and business worlds. They should have demonstrated significant leadership roles in prior positions in the development, promotion and execution of new and complex interdisciplinary programs. A major effort for this position requires the ability to coach and mentor academic faculty on the requirements and realities of the business world involving the commercialization of medical technology. A broad base of industrial contacts will be important to provide guidance and information in a wide variety of both business and technical fields. Experience with entrepreneurial decision-making, objective thinking with ambiguous information and the ability to effectively communicate with a broad range of people is essential. As a mentor and advisor to scientific faculty, the CPD will need to build trust and respect with highly educated and research focused people as well as the business community at large. The appropriate education and job experience would include:

An advanced degree in either a scientific field (preferably life sciences) or business

Work experience in the private sector for life science companies or consulting firms that serve the industry

Demonstrated ability to manage and promote complex business and scientific projects successfully

Sensitivity to the differences in culture between the academic and industrial environment

A “rolodex” of business contacts that are useful in the commercialization of life science technology

Experience in new life science technology assessment and its commercial impact

This is a senior level position that provides the opportunity to leverage new and existing relationships, evaluate new technologies and assess new business.

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