Associate Director for Licensing

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) invites applications for the Associate Director for Licensing, BioVentures. This position has direct responsibility for providing a full range of intellectual property and technology transfer services, which will include the marketing and licensing of intellectual property from University investigators. This position will interact with investigators and industrial representatives seeking to license intellectual property from the University and act on behalf of BioVentures in negotiating agreements with industry and other universities. This position represents BioVentures’s interests from a patent and IP protection policy side and coordinates with staff in Research Support with regard to creating standard consultation agreements for faculty, and for monitoring and contributing to the University’s engagement in MOUs, IIAs, MTAs, Collaborative Research Agreements and agreements where generation or disposition of IP is a possible outcome. Additional responsibilities include educating the university and community on intellectual property, entrepreneurship and our technology transfer program.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.

About Bioventures

BioVentures was established as a formal outgrowth of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences‘ (UAMS) interest in promoting a biomedical technology industry for Arkansas and translating its research into products that benefit human health. UAMS established BioVentures to maximize global, industrial interaction with the University of Arkansas faculty, as well as to facilitate technology transfer, the development of startup companies that are based on technology developed at UAMS, and contributions to Arkansas’ economic development. BioVentures links the research minds at UAMS to global markets in order to advance Arkansas’ scientific and economic development.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Identifies and cultivates commercialization opportunities for BioVentures intellectual property
  • Creates technical briefs for existing intellectual property for marketing said intellectual property
  • Drafts and negotiates term sheets, confidentiality agreements, options, licenses, leases, inter-institutional agreements, memoranda of understanding, material transfer agreements and other elements necessary in the technology commercialization process
  • Evaluates patent applications and advises outside patent counsel regarding patent prosecution strategy and portfolio management in order to maximize the scope and value of patent claims
  • Manages the University Patent and Copyright Committee, which assesses intellectual property disclosed to the University
  • Fosters relationships with faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future, and guides inventors through invention disclosures, confidentiality issues and conflicts of interest considerations, and provides educational opportunities related to entrepreneurship

Candidate Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • J.D. and Bachelor Degree in Basic Science plus five years legal experience
  • License to Practice Law

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in biomedical life sciences
  • Registration to Practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Special knowledge, abilities and skills

  • Knowledge of the current state of technology in the pharmaceutical and device industries
  • Knowledge of technology marketing and licensing
  • Knowledge of patent law
  • Knowledge of trademark law
  • Knowledge of copyright law
  • Knowledge of contract law
  • Knowledge of business entities and business formation
  • Knowledge of University Patent and Copyright Policy
  • Knowledge of drug and device development processes, including clinical trials
  • Knowledge of FDA regulations related to drug and device approval
  • Knowledge of funding opportunities for small businesses
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Skill in word processing
  • Skill in Microsoft Office

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at 501-686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Interested individuals should apply at UAMS’s job portal, job number 2021-72269, or click the link: Associate Director for Licensing.

Any further questions please contact Molly Johnson, Executive and Faculty Recruiter at MJohnson2@uams.edu. Contact Molly Johnson by phone at 501-526-6551.

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About the University

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.