Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) supports the commercialization of university technology through technology licensing, the development of sponsored research agreements and venture creation. JHTV serves as a business advisor to investigators whose research has commercial potential and provides a set of specific resources to aid them, including physical space though its FastForward innovation hubs, translational and venture funding support, and professional services (e.g. mentorship, pro bono legal and accounting services, and educational programming).
The Director, Information Technology Development is responsible for cultivating high-potential information technology and data science technologies at the university through consultation with faculty and leveraging the resources of JHTV and FastForward. Primary areas of responsibility:
Faculty relationship building: Source and connect with faculty who are conducting commercially relevant research, raise awareness about JHTV’s role as an advisor and service area, and informally advise/connect them with appropriate resources.
Technology development: Advise faculty on technology development with a focus on value proposition creation, development of technology development project plans, and leveraging of JHTV resources (IP and licensing support, research and startup funding, mentorship, programs) to develop technologies against commercialization goals. For a set of high-value technologies, provide direct project management support to ensure that maximum value is created, working across Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures to align on strategy and resource allocation.
Manage JHTV information technology and data science focused translational funding programs, including the attraction, identification and recruitment of applicants and external reviewers. Ensure that these funds are being deployed to commercially viable projects in order to maximize the return on these investments in JHU technologies. Prepare and present interim and annual reports as required.
Program Management: Contribute to the development of JHTV’s support for digital-health startups, including through the implementation of the EDA i6 Challenge Grant to develop a regional digital health initiative. The project’s work consists of three core activities: Building a network of influencers and connecting the digital health ecosystem, ensuring a strong pipeline of diverse talent in the region, and accelerating the commercialization of promising digital health technologies.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Works across university - with emphasis on information technology and data science areas - to support new ideas with commercial potential and entrepreneurial faculty
Works closely with faculty who have invented novel technologies - with emphasis on information technology and data science - to assist with the articulation of a commercial value; identifies key challenges proposition and market opportunities, and assists with technology development and business plans
Connects faculty to JHTV/JHU and other resources including IP and licensing support, mentorship, programs, funding, and FastForward venture creation expertise
Provides project management support for high-potential information and data science technologies
Oversees JHTV’s in-house information technology and data science focused translational funding programs, including identifying and recruiting applicants and external reviewers and establishing best practices
Assists the technology transfer team in developing technology licensing strategies and screening potential licensees that are startups
Interacts with potential startups including but not limited to business model development, mentor matching, and fundraising support
Supports development and execution of programs and events for startup education
Participates in FastForward member screening and selection
On behalf of JHTV, serves as liaison to state economic development programs in order to maximize participation in, and value created by, such programs as the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), Greater Baltimore Committee (Bioscience sub-committee), BioHealth Innovation (BHI) SBIR office hours and the MD TechCouncil
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
An advanced degree in information technology, data science or business (MBA).
Seven years progressive management experience.
Experience in technology licensing and venture creation and professional experience in an academic environment preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have the ability to understand complex technologies, demonstrated by relevant technical training or industry or technology transfer experience.
Must have knowledge of the intellectual property law that governs software and hardware technologies (patent law, copyright law), technology transfer and technology development; ideally has experience with academic conflict of interest issues.
Must have venture or business development experience, preferably in a information technology and data science company. Venture funding experience strongly desired.
Must demonstrate a collegial and cooperative nature to be able to work effectively with senior and junior licensing associates, JHTV and University senior management, JHU faculty, and outside companies and entrepreneurs.
Must be able to flex between strategic thinking and hands-on management of programs, projects and processes.
Must be sensitive to faculty and early venture needs and work in accordance with university wide policies.
Must have strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and make decisions, with the ability to multi-task under deadline pressure.
Must be able to network and interact, as well as support effective partnerships with key groups and individuals.
Must have strong verbal/written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.
Classified Title: Director Business Development Working Title: Director Information Technology Commercialization Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PH Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 60006027-Fast Forward Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers
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