Business Development Director - Healthcare at Harvard University

Posted in Business Development 9 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Harvard University

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Business Development Director - Healthcare
Harvard Medical School

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. 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, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to supporting the commercialization of novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. 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 help get innovations that can change the world out of the lab and into the market.

About the role:

We are looking for a talented, entrepreneurial professional to join our community as a Business Development Director. Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, you will work closely with the Institute's Executive Team to support strategy development and execute for technology translation in the broadly defined area of healthcare. This is a critical role that will drive awareness of Wyss diagnostic and therapeutic assets and scientific capabilities into the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. As a translational institute you will also have opportunities to transition into a newly formed start-up.You will be responsible for building strategic partnerships with prospective and current industry partners, identifying licensing opportunities, interface with clinicians to evaluate unmet diagnostic and therapeutic needs, sponsor research agreements, and collaborative research agreements. You will act as a central contact to industry, key opinion leaders, and venture capital. You will provide leadership in the strategy development for the translation of cutting-edge technologies into commercial opportunities, including licensing opportunities and start-up formation.
Position Description

What you'll do:

  • Work closely with Institute Faculty and researchers to assess and prioritize the Institute's technology portfolio in the areas of small molecule, biological and cell therapies, novel diagnostics, drug delivery approaches and emerging healthcare applications.

  • Work on both early- and later-stage technologies and help inform business and technology development decisions through outreach to key opinion leaders, end- users, government funding agencies and commercial collaborators.

  • Build strategic partnerships with prospective and current industry partners, the business community, and venture capital to advance licensing and/or startup company opportunities for Institute technologies.

  • Provide expertise on target product profile (TPP), commercial landscape, markets, and product opportunities.

  • Manage intellectual property relevant to novel therapeutics, diagnostics, or drug delivery systems and their use, and work closely with the Institute's Executive Team, Faculty, Harvard's Office of Technology Development, and Business and Technology Development teams 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.

Basic Qualifications

What you'll do:

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

  • 10+ years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and/or diagnostics 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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutical and diagnostics market.

  • The ability to collaborate and influence across diverse stake holders in academia and industry.

  • Strong communication, networking and negotiation skills.

  • A record of success in the execution of licensing agreements or development of start-up, seed, and early-stage companies is a necessity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Working Conditions

This position will be based on our campus in Boston, MA and may require some on-campus presence. Subject to business needs, the Wyss Institute generally supports flexible work arrangements.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

As a collaborative organization, we at the Wyss Institute know that great innovation happens when diverse perspectives come together to solve problems. As a result, we are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness both in and out of the lab. When recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you will bring in terms of education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran's status, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. We believe these differences in background, experience, and perspective enrich our work environment and are essential to our mission of solving complex problems through technology development and translation.

Job Function
General Administration

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Wyss Institute

USA - MA - Boston

Wyss Institute

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00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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