The mission of the NSF Center for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio) is to develop the scientific knowledge, technologies, and clinical and laboratory capabilities to store and globally distribute living tissues, organs, and organisms for transplantation and regenerative medicine, biomedical research, conservation of species, and enabling sustainable food sources.
Recent consensus documents, including NSF-funded roadmaps, highlight that fundamental barriers to biopreservation are essentially the same for all living systems [1, 2]. We argue that now is the time to address these problems collectively with our center. This will allow us to “stop biological time” and radically extend the ability to bank and transport cells, tissues, organs and even whole organisms. We will accomplish this by engineering technologies for application to biological systems before cooling, during cooling and stasis at subzero temperatures, and during rewarming to normal biological temperatures. At each stage, our engineering will aim at eliminating or controlling ice, mitigating toxicity from cryoprotective agents, and eliminating thermal and mechanical stress, the prime causes of biological damage at subzero temperatures. We envision a world in the near future where a vast range of biological systems are preserved in a high throughput manner for a wide range of benefits to humankind and the natural environment. We also anticipate that the core technologies developed by our center will be the foundation for advances in nanotechnology, 3D printing, genetics, and numerous other fields that we are harnessing to improve biopreservation.
The Strategic Partner & Innovation (SPI) position is a key leadership role within ATP-Bio. The SPI will be the point of contact with the Center’s industrial partners, facilitating communications and cultivating relationships. ATP-Bio currently has over 50 corporate members, which is expected to grow as the research advances. The SPI will interface directly with Center leadership and the Center’s Industry Advisory Board to identify industry-focused projects, help move technologies towards successful commercialization, and expand the industrial support of the Center.
Key Responsibilities: 100%
Play a leadership role in developing and implementing ATP-Bio’s strategic plan for commercialization in identifying key commercial applications of research.
Work actively to recruit and retain industrial partners by networking and actively seeking opportunities for industrial participation in research, development, commercialization, and educational activities of the Center.
Work with the Tech Transfer Offices at the member universities in filing disclosures, technology transfer agreements, and licensing agreements.
Assist in disseminating research to develop connections with potential applications.
Manage and participate in licensing negotiations in conjunction with industrial partners and ATP-Bio core partner campus Technology Transfer Offices.
Play a leadership role in developing a strategy for ATP-Bio financial sustainability through external funding by researching, identifying, and communicating potential sources of funding. Target large projects by creating teams with university and industry.
Work with ATP-Bio Workforce Development leadership to facilitate student/industry relations through internships, student participation in joint projects with industry, fellowships, seminars, career placement, etc.
Assist in the formation of new start-ups and other industrial enterprises.
Organize and lead periodic meetings with industry and Industrial Advisory Board members.
Contribute to regular reports on the Center’s activities related to industries to Center leadership and NSF.
Promote ATP-Bio to partner institutions, potential and actual industry sponsors, and attendees at various conferences and trade shows.
Bachelor’s degree in (engineering, biology, physics, or closely related field, preferred)
At least 10 years of experience
Working knowledge of intellectual property issues including patenting, licensing and commercialization
Minimum 5 years’ experience in corporate research and technology development
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Successful project management experience
Business or relevant industrial experience
Masters or doctoral degree in engineering, biology, physics, or closely related field
10 years’ experience in corporate research and technology development
Experience with technology-based start-up companies or related entrepreneurial experience
Familiarity with range of relevant industries and technologies
Internal Number: 338170
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