Senior Licensing Officer
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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The Senior Licensing Manager, Life Sciences, is responsible for the identification, evaluation and disposition of invention disclosures by CWRU faculty, staff, and students. This position is a critical driver of the Technology Transfer Office's mission to create an entrepreneurial culture at CWRU by creating and augmenting commercial interactions and by fostering a positive approach toward commercialization by the members of the university's life sciences and medical community. Specific responsibilities designated to the Senior Licensing Manager are: obtaining appropriate protection of inventions; vigorously marketing CWRU-developed life sciences and biomedical technologies to industry; structuring and negotiating complex licensing agreements; participating in the development of initiatives to inform and educate CWRU and UH faculty about technology transfer and technology development opportunities; and nurturing a culture of translation and commercial collaboration at CWRU.

1. Primary case management: assess and, when appropriate, commercial CWRU inventions across a portfolio of projects; primary activities include technology evaluation, patent prosecution decisions, pre-marketing, corporate communications, and negotiations.
2. Handle or manage the prompt and competent completion of analyses, evaluation, handling, disposition and commercialization of inventions by CWRU faculty, staff, and students, including the successful licensing or optioning of intellectual property rights, the successful development of multi-party and/or multi-technology commercial projects and the creation of ventures and/or of start-up ("spin-off") companies.
3. As assigned, serve as the commercial leader and steward of complex department-level, institutional or multi-institution programs focused on the commercialization of University intellectual assets and economic development within regional, state or national fields.
4. Develop well-functioning, well-respected resources and capabilities to achieve prompt and competent responses and results and customer-oriented relationships, without excessive backlogs. Organize and maintain effective communications and relations (a) with the inventors / creators of such technologies; (b) with relevant members of the faculty, department heads, center heads, and deans at CWRU; (c) within the technology transfer office; and (d) with the other relevant constituents of the office, including roster of patent attorneys with experience and specialties relevant to CWRU's technology transfer efforts.
5. Proactively identify potential external licensing partners in industry, government, and the not-for-profit sectors.
6. Work with CWRU-approved patent prosecution legal services to construct and efficiently manage a portfolio of patents related to CWRU inventions. Assist upper management in maintaining a roster of patent attorneys with experience and specialties relevant to CWRU's technology transfer efforts.
7. Coordinate the legal review of these agreements; oversee the follow-up and collection of royalties and other payments from active licenses.
8. Manage relationships, internal and external to CRWU relevant to disclosures and licensing.
9. Assist in developing up-to-date technology transfer databases and reports for CWRU.
10. Produce technology transfer education and support programs for faculty, students, and staff at CWRU.
11. Assure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and contracts, including the Bayh-Dole act, other government laws and regulations, and relevant sponsored research contracts; manage external resources relevant to his/her activities, including legal and external consultants.
12. Work with CWRU persons interested in translational development and new company formation that is based on CWRU-created technologies ("start-ups", "spin-offs") and with potential investors, managers, partners, consultants, etc. who are or might be associated with such ventures; assists and facilitates such start-ups to the extent practical and compatible with CWRU's mission, policies and budgets; handle "exit strategies" with regard to CWRU ownership in such companies.
13. Implement education and promotion activities and programs within CWRU to advance the knowledge, understanding, and positive motivation related to such matters by the members of the university community, including faculty, faculty leadership, administrators, and students, both by conducting such programs and by encouraging and assisting other persons at CWRU to do so.

1. Assist the AVP Technology Management with specific projects and functions as they arise.
2. Draft new and/or revised policies related to CWRU's technology transfer and new enterprise development activities as necessary
3. Perform other duties as assigned.

Department: daily ongoing contact is necessary with other Licensing Managers and a variety of support personnel.
University: frequent contact is expected with faculty, students, and staff in all units of the university who are directly relevant to technology transfer activities in life sciences, including biomedical sciences and technology.
External: frequent ongoing contact with external partners in industry, government, not-for-profit sectors who are relevant to technology transfer at CWRU is also essential. These contacts include: Northeast Ohio Innovation Network partners primarily comprised of BioEnterprise, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations and JumpStart, Inc., patent/ intellectual property attorneys, marketing consultants, persons related to actual or potential CWRU startup companies such as investors, candidates for positions in such startups, and professional support functions such as law, accounting, real estate, or insurance

Responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing, where appropriate, the activities of Licensing Managers or License Associates in Life Sciences, other junior professionals, and/or administrative staff.

Experience: Five (5) to eight (8) years of general life sciences, technical sales/marketing and/or business experience, specific life sciences business experience with at least 2 of those years in technology commercialization, such as licensing and new company formation. Strong working knowledge of intellectual property protection methods, contract law, and government laws and regulations related to technology transfer is required.

Education/Licensing: minimum of Bachelor of Science degree in basic life sciences or biomedical science and technology is required; an advanced life sciences, medical and/or business degree is strongly preferred.

1. Must possess excellent analytical, marketing, organizational, communications, negotiation skills.
2. Detail-oriented.
3. Able to manage complex and demanding relationships with tact, discretion, and good humor.
4. Must demonstrate knowledge of the disciplines relevant to CWRU's technology transfer programs in life sciences, including biomedical technology, as well as evidence of creative problem-solving, entrepreneurship, initiative, and intellectual curiosity.
5. Ability to work energetically and produce results over extended periods is essential.

The position is based in an office environment on campus. It will also require substantial moving around the University and Cleveland region, including frequent contacts with others on campus in their locations and contacts with professionals and others in Cleveland. Occasional travel is required.


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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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