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Harvard University Business Development Director in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54058BRAuto req ID:54058BRJob Code:361061 Administrative Manager Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Business Development Director- PartnershipsSub-Unit:Wyss Institute Salary Grade ( :061Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

What you'll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, business, or related discipline required.

  • At least 10 years of post-degree experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry involving technology translation and transfer, corporate partnering, business development or business incubation is required. Advanced degree may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Desirable Skills:

  • You should have a record of success in the execution of licensing agreements or development of start-up, seed, and early stage companies. The Business Development Director position at the Wyss requires a creative entrepreneurial mindset, strong organizational, communication, and management skills, the motivation to tackle multiple projects in a dynamic team environment, and a commitment to educating and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows.

  • A strong scientific background with a PhD in a scientific or engineering discipline and/or an advanced degree in business is a plus. Knowledge of biopharmaceutical R&D including therapeutic translation is desirable.

Department:Wyss InstitutePre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:

Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm

Job Function:General Administration Job-Specific Responsibilities:

What you’ll do:

  • Provide leadership and strategy development for the translation of cutting-edge technologies into commercial opportunities.

  • Collaborate with Institute faculty, researchers and entrepreneurial teams to prioritize the Institute’s technology portfolio and support inventors and start-up founders in important business development activities.

  • Identify licensing and/or start-up company opportunities for Institute technologies by developing collaborations and strategic partnerships with industry and the business community.

  • Support intellectual property development and will work closely with the Institute’s Executive Team, Faculty, and Business Development as well as the Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) to develop strategies for deal structure, intellectual property, and negotiations.

  • Present and promote Wyss technologies to potential partners and investors, and manage these relationships over time, with the goal to launch startup companies and/or close license deals.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Why you’ll like working with us:

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

Our outstanding benefits package includes:

  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

  • Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

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Job Summary:

About Us:

The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de- risk new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit:

About You:

You are a collaborative, entrepreneurial, problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in synthetic biology and healthcare. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your expertise to commercialize innovations that can change the world.

About the Role:

We are looking for an innovative professional with significant expertise in translating technologies and developing licensing agreements or start-up companies to join our community as Business Development Director. Reporting to the Technology Translation Director and COO, you will be responsible for establishing and managing new collaborations and strategic alliances and will act as a central contact to industry and venture capital firms. You will work with closely with the Institute’s Executive Team to oversee strategy development and execution for technology translation in a defined variety of different areas with a focus on synthetic biology and the commercialization of important research tools in the healthcare industry. For future career development, the Wyss Institute also offers potential opportunities to advance a technology transition into a newly formed start-up company.