IP/Portfolio Management, Licensing, Technology Transfer and Commercialization
Reporting to Sr. Director, Office of Technology Development (OTD), oversees intellectual property (IP) licensing function at Salk. Directly maintains a docket of Salk investigators and oversees, mentors and assists Licensing Associates having primary responsibility for the remainder of Salk labs. Responsible for all intellectual property arising from research performed at Salk, including patented inventions, tangible research materials and copyright protected materials. Builds personal relationships with faculty and scientific staff to provide training, encourage invention disclosures, and support participation in the IP protection and licensing processes. Suggests experiments that might better demonstrate commercial potential, improve patentability and/or strengthen other legal protection. Identifies potential collaborations with other academic institutions and companies to enhance research programs and provide translational opportunities that may advance commercialization. Helps evaluate commercial potential of discoveries and availability of legal protection. Works with outside counsel and licensees to file, prosecute and maintain patents. Assists in development of licensing strategies. Builds a network of contacts in the local and national bio/pharma communities. Carries out market research to identify potential licensees, contacts companies to solicit licensing interest, and negotiates with interested companies to reach agreement on licensing terms. Drafts and negotiates licenses, inter-institutional agreements, and other contracts. Manages post-licensing issues and disputes.
Master's degree in a life science
Ph.D. in a scientific discipline relevant to Salk research
Additional degrees or certifications in business, law, or science
8-10 years of experience in technology licensing, which includes successful management of other licensing personnel, responsibility for patentability and market evaluations, working with patent counsel and inventors on patent applications, identifying potential licensees and/or technologies for in-license, making first contact with potential licensees and/or licensors, and negotiating and drafting licenses and other contracts. Education may not be substituted for work experience.
Substantial experience drafting and negotiating complex contracts. Primary responsibility for at least ten executed exclusive licenses.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must sign a confidentiality agreement. Regularly handles confidential information including proprietary technical and commercial information that has commercial value and conflict of interest potential.
Work location is located within close proximity to the Salk Institute, but not on the main campus.
Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
This position requires constant hearing, reading, reasoning, analyzing, communicating, and working inside.
Patent Agent registration, and/or CLP or RPPT certification is preferred. If not a U.S. Patent Agent, must be willing to study for and take the Patent Bar Exam as part of their training within one year of hire.
Applicants must include resume and Deal Sheet with application submission.
Additional Salary Information: Depends on Experience
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging..., Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.
Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.