Essential Functions: Provides leadership and oversight to the University's Office of Technology Commercialization. Technology Commercialization is a unit within Wayne State's Office of Business Innovation responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property (patents, unique biological or other materials, and copyrights) developed by Wayne State University faculty, staff and students. Promotes an entrepreneurial culture and supports start-up ventures and regional economic development. Provides high level, quality assistance and services to Wayne State researchers and industry partners, to maximize the availability of next generation technologies that will benefit society worldwide. Reports to Executive Director, Office of Business Innovation.Manages the professional and administrative staff of the Technology Commercialization Department. Provides overall leadership and direction to staff. Sets expectations & focus, delegates responsibilities, evaluates activities, prepares performance appraisals & professional development plans. Provides coaching, mentoring and teaching. Manages the administrative process for assigned staff including hiring, promotions, terminations, disciplinary procedures, and and salary adjustments. Provides ongoing performance feedback, goal setting, and development plans for staff. Plans for future staffing needs. Provides timely communications to staff.Plans, develops and implements programs, policies and procedures in support of commercialization of technical inventions. Identifies and evaluates partnering opportunities for new technologies developed from academic research. Evaluates potential market, competitive landscape, and potential profitability to assess commercial viability of new product opportunities in the university's development pipeline. Presents emerging technologies or innovations to senior leadership to secure organizational commitment and obtain resources, including funding. Works with legal counsel to protect the organization's intellectual property and assets through patents or other exclusivity agreements. May research potential strategic alliances or licensing opportunities with external organizations.Evaluates technology for ownership and commercial potential and develops and implements technology transfer strategies for inventions. Develops marketing strategies for university intellectual property.Manages the Technology Commercialization operating budget and monitors all existing technology transfer agreements, including expense tracking, compliance and distribution of royalty income.Informs, educates and promotes faculty engagement regarding all components of the commercialization process. Works with faculty and industry to stimulate research leading to inventions, proper disclosure, and commercialization. Provides leadership for the Administrative Patent Committee.Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Education Master's degreeRequires a Master's degree in Business Administration, an advanced degree in a scientific field (e.g., Life Sciences or Engineering), or a Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university.Experience Expert (established subject matter expert, 7+ years experience)Minimum 7 years experience working in an academic technology transfer or commercial technology licensing environment, including successful negotiation and preparation of agreements (e.g., technology licensing, non-disclosure, material transfer and sponsored research agreements) and working with venture capital community and start-up companies. Leadership experience. Experience developing marketing strategies for intellectual property.Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesFull understanding of federal law and policies regarding technology transfer. Knowledge of U.S. patent law and the patent process. Knowledge of copyrights, trademark protections, marketing and licensing of intellectual property. High degree of skill in analyzing complex situations involving multiple parties, obligations and competing interests.Ability to foster and grow partnerships and improve commercialization outcomes. Ability to improve efficiency and quality of industry contracting, faculty engagement and satisfaction. Ability to work efficiently across organizational lines and with a variety of external organizations. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to present complex information to diverse audiences.Ability to influence and communicate effectively with others. Excellent negotiation skills. Ability to read, interpret, and understand complex legal documents.Experience building relationships across large organizations.Good understanding of the technology commercialization process.Familiarity with structuring public/private partnerships.Working Conditions:Normal office environment.
Internal Number: 76_208807
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.