The Wyss Institute seeks a talented, entrepreneurial professional to join our community as a Business Development Director. This individual will work closely with the Institute's Executive Team to oversee strategy development and execution for technology translation in defined variety of different areas including healthcare and sustainability. Reporting to the Wyss Technology Translation Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing Wyss internal entrepreneurs and will act as a central contact to industry, key opinion leaders, and venture capital.
The initial focus for this individual will be internal leadership and strategy development for the translation of cutting-edge technologies into commercial opportunities. For future career development, the Wyss Institute also offers potential opportunities to transition into a newly formed start-up.
The Director of Business Development will work closely with Institute Faculty and researchers to prioritize the Institute's technology portfolio and support inventors and start-up founders in important business development activities.
The candidate will work on both early and later-stage technologies, and will help inform business and technology development decisions through outreach to key opinion leaders, end-users, government funding agencies and commercial collaborators.
They will be responsible for identifying licensing and/or startup company opportunities for Institute technologies by developing collaborations and strategic partnerships with industry and the business community. They will support intellectual property development and will work closely with the Institute's Executive Team, Faculty, and Business Development as well as the Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) to develop strategies for deal structure, intellectual property, and negotiations. They will present and promote Wyss technologies to potential partners and investors, and manage these relationships over time, with the goal to launch startup companies and/or close license deals.
The successful candidate will have acquired extensive business development experience and will have managed a variety of industry-related projects in areas ranging from new therapeutics opportunities to diagnostics or drug delivery technologies. This experience may have been gained working in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, or through launching and building early stage healthcare focused startup companies. The candidate should be versed in working with and leading diverse cross-functional teams including scientific, clinical, and business development professionals.
The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
A bachelor's degree in science, engineering, business or related discipline required. At least 10 years of post-degree experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology Industry involving technology translation and transfer, corporate partnering, business development, or business incubation is required. Advanced degree may count towards years of experience.
The candidate should have a record of success in the execution of licensing agreements or development of start-up, seed, and early stage companies. The Business Development Director position at the Wyss requires a creative entrepreneurial mindset, strong organizational, communication, and management skills, the motivation to tackle multiple projects in a dynamic team environment, and a commitment to educating and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows.
A strong scientific background with a PhD in a scientific or engineering discipline and/or an advanced degree in business is a plus. Knowledge of biopharmaceutical R&D including therapeutic translation is desirable.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50129BR
About Harvard University Medical School
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