Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) Venture Capital firm, Binney Street Capital (BSC), is seeking an innovation leader to help accelerate breakthrough discoveries to patients. This Director of the Accelerator Fund will report to the Principal of BSC and collaborate with the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations (Innovation Office) supporting DFCI???s Accelerator Program. The Accelerator was recently created as an opportunity to partner with Binney Street to advance and catalyze the most promising science from the bench to commercialization. The goal of this newly designed team is to make DFCI research, technology, and clinical tools increasingly more accessible outside of Dana-Farber through swift and effective development and commercialization to improve the lives of patients.
Dana-Farber is expanding the existing Accelerator programming and funding sources to proactively engage our faculty, as well as strategically manage, de-risk, and promote DFCI???s translational research portfolio. We are looking for someone who is highly creative, energetic, scientifically adept, and entrepreneurial and will bring a sense of urgency to this role. We truly believe that we can accelerate the time it takes for breakthrough science to get to patients and with the right approach to translational research and accelerator funding, we can have an even bigger impact.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties & Responsibilities
Support Pre-Proposal and Full Proposal Development for the Accelerator:
Engage with DFCI researchers in the basic science departments to proactively and strategically identify potential applicants for Accelerator funding.
Work with DFCI researchers to develop R&D plans that will advance early-stage research and potential technologies to the next value inflection point.
Identify and recommend enhancements to projects prior to submission of pre-proposals and final proposals.
Work with investigators to specify proposed deliverables and milestones.
Work with investigators to prepare market analysis and related evaluations in preparation for review of commercialization value
Maintain ongoing record of program management including, but not limited to, year-over-year record of Accelerator applicants, application results, and ROI derived from Accelerator Program
Support ongoing research at Dana-Farber:
Facilitate communication between and among DFCI researchers, project groups, programs/departments, core facilities, and the Innovation business development (BD) & licensing teams, as appropriate.
Work with faculty directors to embed Accelerator programming as a strategic effort at DFCI.
Assist Accelerator awardees in project management, including monitoring timelines, deliverables, milestones, and budgets. Facilitate sharing opportunities with the Accelerator Internal Scientific Review Committee (ISRC) and Business Development Council (BDC).
Coordinate development of agreements with contract research organizations, technical consultants, and other service providers as appropriate.
Manage multiple projects and be involved in due diligence and project planning for future projects.
Oversee the development of resources that may be shared by Accelerator awardees, including:
Shared communication website(s) and newsletter(s), grant management software, and other tools and technologies.
Work directly with Binney Street Capital as well as licensing, BD, and finance/administration colleagues in the Innovation Office.
Act as liaison with other translational and therapeutics development efforts ongoing in the Boston life science ecosystem.
Work directly with colleagues and the other Accelerator programs across HMS related hospitals to support development of Accelerator projects for future funding opportunities from other translational funding programs.
Manage Accelerator Fund Award Process
Work with the CSO, Binney Street Capital Leadership and Innovation Office representatives to draft request for proposals (RFP) for review by the ISRC; manage RFP distribution process.
Coordinate activities of the ISRC and BDC, including setting up review meetings
Ensure there are confidential disclosure agreements for external members of the BDC or other external Accelerator advisors and ensure that they are returned prior to distribution of proposals.
Assist in regular communications with key stakeholders, including administration, faculty, relevant committees, Innovation Office & Licensing teams, and external audiences as appropriate.
Arrange access of funds to awardees.
Monitor income and expenses of Accelerator resources. Ensure adherence to any fund restrictions.
Support Accelerator Reviewers:
Recommend potential BDC and ISRC members.
Advise ISRC and BDC on research potential from technology development perspective.
Facilitate communication between researchers and ISRC/BDC.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Strong Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Entrepreneurial spirit engaged in creative solutions
Postdoctoral research experience and industrial experience strongly preferred
Awareness of the types and culture of research in an academic setting strongly preferred
The successful candidate must have: Exceptional interpersonal skills for building relationships with scientists and other stakeholders with diverse profiles at multiple organizational levels
Sound technical and scientific aptitude and proven ability to gain a sophisticated understanding of a range of scientific disciplines and areas of technology
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong competencies in planning, project management, and organization with the ability to coordinate multiple activities and resources, while maintaining a focus on quality
Strong appreciation for the value system of academic institutions and faculty
Solid analytical and strategic capabilities
Ability to produce and present clear, concise, and professionally written communications and presentations
Willingness and ability to handle confidential matters with utmost discretion
Ability to function effectively and independently in a fast-paced environment, organize and prioritize work, and meet tight deadlines
PhD required. Relevant experience in positions involving venture capital, alliance management, business development, foundation and/or grant project management, scientific/technical evaluation, in an industrial and/or academic setting. Biopharma or investor industry experience required.
At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.?? As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.?? Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to under-served members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.