Neurosciences Ventures Lead - Tech Transfer Specialist 2
Hyde Park Campus
86653 Polsky Center
About the Unit
The Neurosciences Venture Lead will identify and manage opportunities to translate University neuroscience research into novel products and services. The Neurosciences Venture Lead will engage closely with leading faculty to identify and develop commercial opportunities around research programs with the potential for high impact including those where no intellectual property has yet been established and those where the commercial trajectory is not yet clear. The Neurosciences Venture Lead will work with entrepreneurs and with interns to support the creation and launch of start-ups around many of these opportunities. The person will inspire, manage, coach and mentor faculty, researchers, interns, and other entrepreneurs to support the creation of life sciences start-ups. The Neurosciences Venture Lead will think and act like a venture CEO to maximize the impact of the most transformative science within their vertical.
- Scouting for new commercial opportunities and building relationships with key faculty. Evaluating the commercial feasibility of research discoveries and the entrepreneurial inclinations of researchers and students.
- Launching new ventures and recruiting talent and other needed resources. Guiding researchers and entrepreneurs to appropriate Polsky Center and Chicago regional entrepreneurship programs.
- Supporting, educating, mentoring, and Informing researchers and new entrepreneurs on the best practices in life sciences ventures, including supporting creation of fund raising materials, advising on start-ups structure, and intellectual property strategy, regulatory considerations, and market evaluation.
- Collaborate with other Polsky and University staff to continuously improve university-wide policies and programs that enable and support the launching of new life sciences companies.
- Managing relationships with launched companies from the Neurosciences vertical.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Ability to read or prepare detailed documents, problem solve, train, reason, communicate orally and in writing, interact effectively with clients, handle concurrent tasks, and work with changing priorities.
- Flexibility to abstract experience and adapt it to the situation at hand; independence, creativity, and initiative to conceptualize the Polsky business model and operating procedures, and how they may be improved; conflict management in a multi-tasking environment; leading.
- Planning; negotiating; project management; ability to establish and nurture relationships; prioritization; meeting deadlines; reading; detailed investigate work; confidentiality; problem solving; math; reasoning; strategy formulation; verbal communication; written communication; contact with broad range of individuals.
Education, Experience, and Certification:
- A PhD in the biological sciences is required with a preference for the PhD to be in neurosciences.
- An MBA in addition to the advanced degree in the sciences would be preferred. Candidates will have both strong science and business skills with some entrepreneurial experience.
- Experience as a co-founder or early employee of a new company is strongly preferred.
- Candidates need to have a proven track record of working independently, being goal oriented, and demonstration of being innovative in a business environment.
- Ability to manage complex initiatives involving faculty and external networks required. Recognized facility in coaching and mentoring is required.
- Experience collaborating with academic faculty is required.
- Specific experience with early stage funding for invention advancement strongly preferred.
- Ability to use computer for extended periods, keyboarding, bending; stooping; regular attendance.
- Work is mostly sedentary.
- Occasional travel between Hyde Park and downtown is required. Some travel necessary.
(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
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