The University of Pittsburgh launched LifeX to support Pittsburgh and the region's efforts to capture the next economy allowing it to rise as a global innovation city. The LifeX platform was developed as a way to enhance the regional growth of early stage life-science companies by leading the development of a supportive environment. Specifically, LifeX is a life science startup accelerator focused on providing early stage companies with the support, resources and ecosystem they need to be successful. Currently, the LifeX platform contains wet and dry lab space, a valuable set of acceleration programming, regional recognition for its convening role and a staff eager to expand its offerings and partners. LifeX is well on its way to impacting the region, and a full-time CEO is needed to oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization while delivering and expanding on its growth trajectory. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall success of LifeX by providing leadership and direction setting for the organization.
Master's Degree in the Life Sciences or significant relevant experience may be substituted for advanced degree requirement per University guidelines. • Proven executive leadership ability. • Business development experience for early stage technology/research in a corporate or university setting. • A high degree of technical and business expertise, including an understanding of the management of very early stage inventions in the context of corporate partnership development. • Understanding of the research and technology development process and at least ten years related industry experience. • Knowledge of patent law, intellectual property governance and technology transfer processes. • Familiarity of current market conditions and trends for corporate research and partnership agreements. • Proven ability to establish and sustain effective partnerships. • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and fundraising proposal writing. • Ability to actively listen to corporate representatives and faculty with a technical focus, identify areas of common interest, and articulate a compelling case for partnership with the University research enterprise. • Highly motivated professional with solid success at achieving or surpassing ambitious goals and objectives.
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