Business Development Lead

  • Harvard University
  • Boston, MA
  • Mar 19, 2019

Job Description

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Duties & Responsibilities
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks an entrepreneurial and experienced individual to support the Institute's mission of technology translation as a Business Development Lead. Reporting to the Technology Translation Director, the successful candidate will lead strategy development and execute a range of business development activities.

More specifically, the Business Development Lead will work with Institute Faculty and researchers to assess and prioritize the Institute's technology portfolio with a focus on the preclinical development of novel therapeutics, formulations and in vitro tools. He/she will perform outreach with key decision makers, thought leaders, government program managers in funding agencies and potential commercial collaborators to identify funding opportunities and gather voice-of-the-customer feedback for technology areas of interest, to better inform business and technology development decisions at the Institute. In addition, he/she will be responsible for identifying licensing and/or startup company opportunities for Institute novel therapeutics, formulations, and in vitro tools technologies by developing collaborations and strategic partnerships with industry and the business community. The Business Development Lead will manage intellectual property and will work closely with the Institute's Executive team, Faculty, and business and technology development teams, as well as legal and business development staff at Harvard's Office of Technology Development to develop strategies for deal structure, intellectual property, and negotiations.

A critical responsibility of this position will be to help create solid business plans based on market need, potential impact and Institute competencies for Wyss portfolio technologies. The candidate will need to have and maintain an extensive professional network and will leverage the Institute's expertise, resources, and networks to enhance the Institute's translational efforts in multiple technology areas and domains. The successful candidate will have launched startup companies preferably in the immunotherapy or infectious disease space and managed a variety of industry-related projects with a focus on the pre-clinical development of novel therapeutics, formulations and in-vitro tools. The candidate should be versed in working with and leading diverse teams made up of business development, scientific, clinical and medical professionals. The successful candidate should also be able to present and promote Wyss technologies to potential partners and investors with the goal to launch startup companies and/or close license deals.

The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit:

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, or related degree is required. At least 10 years of experience working in technology translation and development is required. Demonstrated success in developing start-up, seed, and early stage companies is required.
Additional Qualifications
Advanced degree (PhD or MBA) is preferred. The candidate should also have strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability required, a willingness to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment and a strong commitment to educating and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows.