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A new biomedical innovation center, the Washington Entrepreneurial Research and Evaluation Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH), is launching at the University of Washington fall 2019. The Center is a public/private partnership forged to leverage the regional life-science ecosystem in supporting and catalyzing innovative biomedical technologies as they make their way through critical development milestones from concept to products. This initiative – founded with a National Institute of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences REACH grant and supported by the UW Provost, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), the Institute for Protein Design, and CoMotion – will catalyze greater private sector engagement and support a robust pipeline of institutional innovations.
The Department of Pharmaceutics has an outstanding opportunity for a WE-REACH Associate Director of Technology Outreach and Partnerships. This position ensures development of close collaborations with external and internal organizations that support academic teams in their commercialization journeys. Connections to campus and regional educational and training opportunities in biomedical entrepreneurship, access to the region’s extensive mentor ecosystem, and introductions to professionals with expertise in startups, business strategy, venture funding, regulatory approval pathways, medical payor requirements, manufacturing processes and quality control systems are core activities. Additional responsibilities include leadership of the ITHS Drug and Device Advisory Committee and planning and execution of an annual expo of partners and resources for academic innovators. The Associate Director identifies gaps in advisory and training programs and works with partners to fill those gaps.
Manage Partnerships and Collaborations
Manage partnerships and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to support teams from UW and regional academic and research institutions as they navigate translation and commercialization of their impactful biomedical innovations. This includes: •Internal and external collaborations providing educational and skill-building opportunities to biomedical innovators including entrepreneurial training, regulatory expertise, and product development advice. •Relationships with investors and granting agencies to build awareness of the project pipeline. •Collaborations with ITHS staff who can provide preclinical support, clinical study planning, study design, and clinical implementation expertise. •Inter-institutional research collaboration coordination and support for investigators from multiple institutions or investigators with joint appointments. •Access to facilities that will accelerate product development such as those in UW Engineering, CoMotion Labs, cGMP facilities at UW Medicine and regionally, and laboratory space in Seattle incubators.
Skills Development, Education and Mentoring
Ensure availability of educational resources for innovator teams and identify and fill gaps with connections to key mentors. Connect teams to existing entrepreneurial coaching programs, resources, and skill-building workshops in UW and at regional organizations such as Life Science Washington, Cambia Grove, and others. •Lead the ITHS Drug and Device Advisory Committee (DDAC), a group of mentors who are highly experienced in the biotechnology and medical device industries and have expertise in regulatory affairs and launching university startups. Coordinate meetings with investigators, record detailed recommendations, maintain a database of meeting notes, and provide one-on-one consultations as required. •Participate on the management team for the ITHS/WRF Summer Commercialization Fellowship Program where students work with inventors, technology managers, and industry experts to develop full business assessments for early stage biomedical technologies with commercial potential. •Develop and lead a new Life Science/Healthcare Entrepreneurship Bootcamp with curriculum focused on necessary steps in biomedical innovation development and techniques for customer discovery, helping teams accelerate the development of their projects. Course will be available to biomedical innovators around the region. Future specialty tracks particularly focused on therapeutics, personalized medicine, diagnostics, etc. will be developed as the need dictates. •Organize an Annual WE-REACH/ITHS Biomedical Innovation Symposium in conjunction with ITHS staff. This event will bring together local companies, on-campus departments, investors and professional consultants hear pitches from and connect with institutional biomedical innovators to help advance their projects.
Biomedical Entrepreneurship Communications
In conjunction with colleagues develop and manage a WE-REACH website and execute an email communications strategy to inform biomedical innovators of regional entrepreneurial events, educational opportunities and relevant funding application deadlines including WE-REACH funding round solicitations.
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Five or more years of experience in the life science industry, including leadership roles in startups, and/or technology commercialization. A PhD in the life sciences, engineering or other technical field with significant experience in marketing and business development.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Business education or management experience a significant plus. Fundraising and grant writing experience highly desirable.
Fundraising Work in conjunction with advancement team to identify and engage potential sponsors, donors, and governmental funding opportunities to sustain WE-REACH programs and operations.
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