The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) was established in 1970 to manage the intellectual property assets of Stanford University. OTL evaluates, markets, and licenses technology owned by the University. OTL's mission is to encourage effective technology transfer for the public benefit as well as generating royalty income for Stanford to benefit research and education. OTL is one of the country's most active offices in the field of technology transfer from the university to industry. Our staff, most of whom are professionals engaged directly in licensing, manages over 3,000 active dockets.
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The Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University seeks to fill a Strategic Alliance Associate position, which will be focused primarily on alliances in the life sciences space. You will be a key contributor to the OTL Strategic Alliance team, working with faculty and other stakeholders in developing and maintaining strategic alliances at Stanford, including strategic intellectual property (IP) in- and out-licensing as well as negotiation and management of research collaborations with other non-profit and for-profit entities. The Alliance Associate will be mentored by senior OTL professionals and will collaborate closely with OTL leadership, internal teams, and both internal and external stakeholders on contracts and agreements to maintain transparent communication and build consensus amongst all stakeholders. Your responsibilities will include closely monitoring Stanford's contractual IP and other obligations to ensure Stanford's alliances are productive and successful. You will also have an opportunity to be involved in traditional technology transfer-related activities by managing inventions that result from strategic alliances, including evaluating new inventions, developing licensing opportunities and strategies, negotiating the terms and conditions of agreements and administering patent-related activities. This position requires only limited knowledge of negotiation strategies, technology market assessment, intellectual property protection and licensing, and will offer on-the-job training in these areas.
With guidance from experienced OTL professionals, you will assume progressively increasing responsibility for the following:
Understand the specific research goals of Stanford and its faculty to identify and engage new alliance partners whose interests align with and complement the research and initiatives underway at Stanford.
Manage a portfolio of alliances, working closely with cross-functional partners and internal colleagues to manage responsibilities, mitigate risks, and ensure alliance objectives are achieved.
Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of certain strategic alliance contracts and ensure compliance with Stanford's contractual obligations, including clearly communicating to internal stakeholders such contractual obligations.
Conduct periodic check-ins with internal and external stakeholders and regularly communicate and implement feedback to enhance alliance efficiency and effectiveness.
Collaborate with Business Development and Marketing specialists and inventors on developing and implementing marketing strategies for new inventions.
Participate in developing licensing strategies, identify and initiate contact with potential licensees, negotiate terms, prepare draft agreements, and close the deal.
Administer patent-related activities including attorney selection, determination of geographies and timing for filing, instruction of attorneys following review of official actions and attorney work products, and case management of an inventory of inventions.
Assist in monitoring license agreements, ensure compliance with diligence and financial terms, prepare and execute amendments, and process terminations.
Maintain and develop relations with inventors, legal counsel, and potential and existing industry collaborators and licensees; monitor progress in licensed product(s) development.
*- Other duties may also be assigned
OPTIONAL: Please note that due to current COVID-19 safety measures, our office is working fully remote through Spring 2021. Once COVID-19 safety measures are no longer applicable, this position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting, subject to satisfactory job performance.
Education & Experience:
The minimum requirement is a B.A./B.S. in the life sciences or biomedical field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Collaborative mindset and demonstrated ability to build consensus and influence key stakeholders.
Proactive self-starter and a team player, with the ability to effectively coordinate interdisciplinary project teams in a fast environment and multiple competing deadlines
Strong technical training and analytical skills sufficient to gain a rapid understanding of new cutting-edge technologies.
Demonstrated ability to learn how to influence and negotiate with internal constituencies and external business partners.
Proven ability to take ownership of projects from inception to completion.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making routinely and independently, including in the context of only having access to limited or incomplete information.
Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions with diverse stakeholders in all parts of the organization.
Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize a large volume of varied tasks and competing demands, while maintaining a high standard of quality.
Mastery of standard office software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to learn applicable business-related systems.
An advanced degree such as M.S. or Ph.D. and/or MBA and/or JD.
Prior experience in industry related or entrepreneurial activities.
Knowledge of sponsored research contracts and grants.
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, seated work, and use light/ fine grasping.
Occasionally stand, walk, use a telephone, lift, carry, push, pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Rarely writes by hand.
*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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