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Why might a career in technology commercialization be right for you?

Check out this video created by AUTM(link is external), highlighting technology transfer professionals – including TLA's Director of Licensing Rakhi Gibbons – and how their journey led them to careers bridging academic research, innovation and the marketplace. 

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Venture Development Manager, Life Sciences (Venture Development Professional III)

The TLA Venture Development team facilitates the creation of new ventures founded on these inventions. The TLA Venture Development team is expanding to recruit a Venture Development Manager. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, outgoing, and will have proven technology commercialization and startup experience. This position will focus primarily on startup activities, and will report to the TLA Director, Venture Development. The University of Arizona is a place of learning, invention and discovery. At Tech Launch Arizona, we help bring those discoveries to the world through commercial pathways. Our primary focus is on ensuring that technologies and innovations originating with UA researchers find meaningful application.

Knowledge,Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation management concepts
  • Ability to represent Tech Launch Arizona and UArizona in a range of professional settings
  • Exceptional project management and communication skills
  • Knowledge of university culture and activities 
  • Knowledge of the region's economic and entrepreneurial landscape

Support the creation and tracking of startup companies founded on UArizona Intellectual Property (IP):

  • Grow and maintain network of contacts in the respective focus area
  • Work with TLA team to assess commercial opportunities
  • Work with Mentors-in-Residence to monitor and advance startup team formation: business leadership, advisors, and business planning.
  • Identify individuals that have the interest and experience necessary to lead university startup teams
  • Manage and track the process by which network members engage with startup teams for advising and leadership
  • Track startup team progress and challenges and review with MIR’s and Director, Venture Development
  • Support the NSF I-Corps program efforts
  • Provide post-license business development and mentoring support where appropriate to advance company success
  • Other duties as assigned

Work with Director on team initiatives:

  • Develop and support startup resources: collateral, workshops and clinics, outreach, other
  • Engage in ongoing peer review and assessment of best practices
  • Identify and pursue other resources/grants designed to enhance commercialization efforts
  • Provide support where needed

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