• Licensing Associate I

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 4 months ago(1/10/2018 10:41 AM)
    Job ID
    Research Administration
    full time
  • Overview

    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 research funding. Specific duties of the Licensing Associate 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 material transfer agreements, confidentiality, collaborations, term sheets, licenses, and sponsored research agreements.


    • Manage, with increasing independence, a portfolio of technologies throughout the technology transfer process, including overseeing patenting, marketing, and licensing.
    • Negotiate and execute agreements.
    • Manage existing and new alliances by helping track deliverables, keeping DFCI scientists aware of their rights and obligations.
    • Collaborate with others in BODFI on more complex agreements and projects.
    • Business development work may include
      • Developing presentations with DFCI faculty input
      • Making contacts with industry
      • Arranging presentations at DFCI or at the company's facility
      • Completing transactions via budget development, term sheets and agreement negotiations.


    • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biology/biochemistry or similar required; JD or PhD degree preferred. 
    • Previous experience (five or more years) with academic technology transfer and/or biotechnology business development including experience with academic licensing is required; experience in both academia and industry is preferred. Specifically, a track record of successful negotiation, and familiarity with contract language, basic legal principles, and intellectual property, are essential.
    • A self-starter, with the ability to identify creative solutions to problems, work well with others, pay close attention to detail, and be able to manage/coordinate multiple projects and bring closure to transactions in a timely manner.
    • Entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills are critical to this position. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
    • Interest in and aptitude for science, intellectual property and business development 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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