Licensing Associate I

Location US-MA-Brookline
Job Posted Date 7 months ago(8/9/2017 4:55 PM)
Job ID
Research Administration
full time


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The individual will play an important role in DFCI's technology transfer and business development efforts as a member of the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations (BODFI). BODFI is responsible for licensing intellectual property, establishing relationships with industry and generating industry-sponsored research funding. Specific duties of the a Licensing Associate may include: establishing rapport with faculty; assessing intellectual property potential of research results; making and defending patenting decisions; establishing and maintaining industry contacts; helping create business development opportunities; and drafting and negotiating agreements including term sheets, licenses, and sponsored research agreements.


The start date for this position is Monday, October 2. 


The Licensing Associate works to commercialize DFCI intellectual property through some combination of the responsibilities below:

  • Manage a portfolio of technologies throughout the technology transfer process.
  • Negotiate and execute inter-institutional agreements, confidentiality agreements, materials transfer agreements, industry sponsored research agreements, collaborations, and non-exclusive licenses.
  • Support other professionals in the office on more complex transactions, such as exclusive licenses. 


  • BS in chemistry/biology degree required; advanced degree (including JD) preferred.
  • Previous experience (one to three) years with academic technology transfer and/or biotechnology business development is required, including execution of contracts.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills essential. In particular, this position involves much contracts work.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property fundamentals. 
  • Interest in and aptitude for the intersection of science, intellectual property and business is required. 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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