Penn Health-Tech (PHT) is a campus-wide initiative at the University of Pennsylvania created with the mission to increase the invention, development, testing, and translation of new health related technologies to improve patient care and quality of life. A second mission for the PHT is to build expertise across the University in biomedical device development, starting with areas of existing strength and then developing this presence broadly. Penn has world-class physicians, surgeons, nurses, engineers, designers, and students working on healthcare’s front lines, with deep expertise and unique insights into new breakthrough opportunities. There is alignment among interdisciplinary University leaders that turning more of these ideas into high-impact outcomes is a priority, with the potential to make a meaningful difference in healthcare and quality of life.
Core programs that Penn Health-Tech leads include the Penn Health-Tech Pilot Award program, which provides funding and project management support to Penn inventors to commercialize their health technologies. Additionally, Penn Health-Tech runs a student focused makerthon, the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn where student teams form to develop prototypes to solve unmet needs in healthcare over a weekend long period. Additionally, Penn Health-Tech drives the formation of new health technology project teams via multiple routes: (1) a monthly forum called a Penn Health-Tech Meet-UP where interdisciplinary groups come together to learn about an unmet clinical need, brainstorm solutions, and form teams, (2) a bi-annual program called the Penn Health-Tech Faculty Salon which is an invitation only faculty program focused on team formation focused around a deep clinical area of unmet need, and (3) via ad hoc coaching and mentorship.
This position will be focused on enabling the success of Penn inventors through the pilot award program that is at the core of Penn Health-Tech’s mission. The Associate Director – Program Management – Penn Health will be responsible for administering and overseeing the Penn Health-Tech Pilot Award Program and providing on-going support for both student and faculty teams which form through Penn Health-Tech support.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Penn Health-Tech, the Associate Director – Program Management will be responsible for developing the Pilot Award Program application and overseeing the selection process for new pilot awardees. This will include developing and administering the online application process, responding to all events, and managing the selection committee. They will create a process to manage oversight of the pilot award program teams including quarterly meetings and ad hoc mentorship. They will interface with Penn alumni to develop relationships for future pilot awardee mentors. They will also be responsible for developing and maintaining a database of alumni mentors for the pilot awardee mentor program. Through the standardized quarterly meetings and ad hoc discussions with pilot awardees, the Associate Director – Program Management will have responsibility to escalate issues to the Executive Director as they arise and to create and distribute quarterly reports on the pilot awardee performance. Finally, the Associate Director – Program Management will interface with the Associate Director of Penn Health-Tech to develop educational curricula in the form of workshops and speaker series for Pilot Awardees.
In addition to the responsibilities for the Pilot Award Program, the Associate Director will create and manage a governance structure for on-going support of the Rothberg Catalyzer and Penn Health-Tech Meet-UP teams, teams that form on an ad hoc basis, and teams that form via Penn Health-Tech Faculty Salons. The Associate Director – Program Management will also collaborate with the Associate Director on the Design & Operations of the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn. The Associate Director will manage a database of all active health technology innovation projects at Penn and oversee the governance and reporting of technologies developing within the ecosystem. Finally, the Associate Director will have responsibility for maintaining a database of resources availability to Penn inventors to support their health technology developments.
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.