Executive Director, Coulter Project

Miami, Florida
Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The Executive Director, Coulter Program and New Ventures in the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research (WHCC) will be the primary resource for the UHealth System and the Miller School of Medicine (UHealth/MSOM) to enable and lead a translational research process that focuses on identification and commercialization of medical innovations, including WHCC supported projects, development of new research partnerships with industry and startup formation. The CPD will have many challenging responsibilities within this program that include but are not limited to: UHealth and Miller School of Medicine - Engage extensively with faculty across the UHealth system and the Miller School of Medicine to assess research and clinical research programs and identify research and/or clinical activity with high commercial potential. Identify, explore and work with the Chief Innovation Officer and WHCC Executive Director and other leadership to establish corporate research partnerships, including research project specific as well as broader research initiatives. Identify unmet medical/clinical needs that UHealth/MSOM is uniquely qualified to address and guide highly significant projects toward commercialization. Establish a network of corporate contacts/relationships that can be developed/maintained to support biomedical research at UM. Drive culture transformation through education of UHealth and MSOM faculty re technology transfer and development, as well as commercialization pathways. Actively encourage faculty participation in the Coulter process. Drive the formation of the medical school's startup culture and establish materials and guidance for entrepreneurs who wish to develop and grow a startup. Assist with planning for, development of and implementation of I-Corps, Coulter College and Concept to Commercialization seminars. Work closely with the Office of Technology Transfer and the UHealth Care Lab.

Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research: Maintain and disseminate annual Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coulter 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. Promote appropriate projects to the angel and venture capital community with the goal of providing follow up financing and commercialization. Management of grant administration for all funded WHCC projects.

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 Executive Director, Coulter Program and New Ventures 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:- Ph.D. in the life sciences- Minimum 8-10 years' work experience in 1) academia, involving technology development and 2) the private sector, including startups and/or established life science companies- 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 life science technology assessment and its commercial impactAny appropriate combination of relevant education, experience and/or certifications may be considered.

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