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At Skysong Innovations, You Matter.

As a Skysong Innovations employee, you are the critical liaison between university inventions and real-world impact.

As a member of our team, you move university technology to the marketplace in a variety of ways. Whether it’s facilitating invention disclosures, providing entrepreneurial coaching, linking to venture funding, connecting researchers to outside companies or developing commercialization strategies, the work we do inspires further innovation, develops new products, creates jobs, grows future companies and even launches new industries. 

You think creatively, and you don’t sacrifice the critical details in favor of the big picture.

You look at the broad-scale applications of nascent products and technologies, and work to bring each one of them into the marketplace. You’re willing to brainstorm alternative commercialization pathways to find the best mode to market. 

You’re a powerful mind in your own field, and you’re eager to work with present and future leaders in others.

Your expertise allows you to appreciate how different marketing and licensing decisions will affect potential industry partners, and allows you to act as a sentinel who ensures a fair return on the value provided by university intellectual property.

You’re excited to engage

with the highest-level faculty and students, interface with dynamic ventures both within the local community and around the country, and provide access to top-tier entrepreneurial support that will help retain and grow high-performing startups.

You’re an innovator among innovators.

You devise and deploy broad, unique outreach initiatives within and beyond the university, launching and protecting intellectual property while maximizing opportunities for technology transfer in broader industries. You look for ways to ensure that top products and startups deliver maximum social, economic and even global impact.

We Want You on Our Team.

Current Openings

Director Business Development Life Sciences

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Director of Business Development position is an exciting full-time position within the Life Sciences Team at Skysong Innovations, LLC. Skysong Innovations is the exclusive provider of technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) management services to Arizona State University (ASU). The new Director of Business Development will join an accomplished technology transfer office in its mission to advance ASU innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace for the good of society. For more information about Skysong Innovations, its mission, and its team, please visit www.skysonginnovations.com. The overall mission statement for the Director of Business Development is to help the Life Sciences Team identify, evaluate, protect, market, and commercialize innovative life-science-based technologies developed at ASU, a $600MM+ research enterprise. Within this overall mission statement, the Director of Business Development will primarily focus on removing impediments associated with the licensure of university technologies while ensuring a fair return for the university. The Director of Business Development will also promote the formation of ASU startup companies, communicate business and technical insights to the Life Sciences Team and ASU researchers when appropriate, and otherwise provide top-quality support within the Life Sciences Team and to ASU researchers. In addition, in some instances, this function may support technology transfer activities for other universities and research institutions. What you'll do: Negotiate and execute licensing transactions from term sheet to definitive agreement Facilitate (and in some cases lead) marketing efforts to potential licensees via emailing, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings Develop and maintain strong working relationships with faculty, which includes encouraging faculty to disclose ASU-generated intellectual property and to participate in aspects of the commercialization process Provide the Life Sciences Team with business and technical insights concerning technologies and possible commercialization opportunities and pathways, particularly in the context of licensing deals and key decisions arising in associated patent prosecution timelines Maintain up-to-date project statuses via Skysong Innovations’ central database and participate in (and eventually lead) a recurring Life Sciences Team licensing meeting Make presentations to faculty, industry, university leadership, and boards Other duties as required Skills/Requirements What you'll need: Proven experience and success in the negotiation and conclusion of successful licensing and research agreements Proven ability to work productively with inventors, administrators, and investors in an academic environment A proven communicator—comfortable dealing with senior faculty and university executives and administrators—as well as with executives in the commercial communities of technology, in order to develop and maintain relationships with faculty, industry, and other academic institutions Familiarity with the basic concepts of intellectual property law, particularly patent law, is required Ability to represent the institution well and to enthusiastically serve as an emissary for ASU Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment Ability to maintain a high-degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Skysong Innovations (SI), ASU Enterprise Partners, and University business and confidential information Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, writing, and by phone with faculty, researchers, administrators and industry Ability to work both independently and as part of a team Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible Ability to represent and promote SI and ASU Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University Relevant Experience: Because this position entails evaluating and discussing sophisticated and often cutting-edge technologies on a regular basis, it requires an advanced technical degree and an ability to continuously educate oneself about new technologies. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, or another life-science-related field. This position requires a minimum of eight (8) years of hands-on licensing/business development experience. Advanced technical degree, Masters or Ph.D. required and a minimum of ten years of related experience. Contact us today. Skysong Innovations, through ASU Enterprise Partners offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan and reduced tuition at ASU. For more information on Skysong Innovations, visit our web site at www.skysonginnovations.com/ If interested in the Director Business Development Life Sciences position, please apply online at www.asuenterprisepartners.org/content/careers. Skysong Innovations is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Compliance and IP Assistant

Compliance and IP Assistant Job#: 498345 Positions: 1 Posted: 01/31/2019 Job Type: Full Time Location: Scottsdale, AZ Department: Skysong Innovations Salary: Non-exempt Benefits: Full Benefits Apply To This Job Return To List Job Description ASU Enterprise Partners - Compliance and IP Assistant , Skysong Innovations What we do: ASU Enterprise Partners is a global-reaching non-profit based in Tempe, AZ. We raise resources to support students, researchers and programs at Arizona State University so that they can improve the world. As is customary at ASU, we operate a little differently: not only do we cultivate philanthropy, we also identify real estate, technology transfer, international partnership and defense research opportunities that yield private support for the university. You can learn more about each of these entities at www.asuenterprisepartners.org. Who we are: Our team is varied – fundraisers, designers, scholars, financial wizards, ex-CEOs, filmmakers, venture capitalists, inventors, volunteers – and each member brings a different perspective to our vision. Regardless of background, we share a mission that we can help, that quality higher education should be accessible -- no matter from where one comes -- and that we are responsible for the wellbeing of the communities we live in and serve. Want to advance the most innovative university in the country – and your work? Join us. There is no single career journey at Enterprise Partners. Roles often shift as passions are discovered. You’ll be encouraged to look across the organization to determine if new areas are of interest – whether in fundraising, real estate development, social media or something else. Training courses are offered every week, and our main offices face ASU’s Tempe campus, where our employees’ tuition is significantly reduced. Our advancement opportunities are real – and so is the ability to be part of an intellectually stimulating, people-focused, mission-driven team doing meaningful work in a beautiful, vibrant, sunlit location. Details about our comprehensive benefits are available at https://www.asuenterprisepartners.org/careers/benefits. Partner Description: Skysong Innovations As the top-rated university for innovation, Arizona State is a powerful generator of intellectual capital and technology. Skysong Innovations, a private non-profit organization, disseminates and manages that capital in the marketplace by nurturing relationships between faculty, investors and industry partners. Since its creation in 2003, Skysong Innovations has launched more than 120 startups, which support over 1,000 jobs and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Arizona’s economy. General Summary: This Compliance and IP Assistant position is a newly created full-time position within Skysong Innovations, LLC. Skysong Innovations is the exclusive provider of technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) management services to Arizona State University (ASU). The new Compliance and IP Assistant will join an accomplished technology transfer office in its mission to advance ASU innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace for the good of society. The Compliance and IP Assistant will work closely with, and support, Skysong Innovations’ IP paralegals on both the Physical Sciences and Life Sciences teams What you'll do: •Identifying and executing upon compliance activities, including those related to federal reporting, utilization reports, compliance notifications, confirmatory licenses, government support clauses in patent applications, and others •Monitoring team member activity lists and following up with team members to stay ahead of upcoming docket deadlines •Assisting in-house legal counsel with the coordination and preparation of inter-institutional agreements •Providing support, as needed, to IP paralegals and other IP team members on both the Physical Sciences and Life Sciences teams •Backing up other administrative team members on an as-needed basis •Other duties as assigned Skills/Requirements What you'll need: •High attention to detail •Ability to learn databases quickly and effectively and use them on a daily basis (e.g., Inteum, Wellspring, etc.) •Ability to navigate and utilize the iEdison reporting platform effectively •Familiarity with federal compliance responsibilities under Bayh-Dole •Familiarity with the basic timeline and sequence of events associated with patent prosecution •Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment •Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to ASU Enterprise Partners, its subsidiaries and University business and confidential prospect information •Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone •Ability to work both independently and as part of a team •Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible •Team-oriented strategist able to manage complex situations effectively, involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies •Ability to represent the institution well •An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University •Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties •Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects •Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans Relevant Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess at least two (2) years of prior hands-on experience in a similar role to include education and/or training in compliance as well as a general understanding of intellectual property knowledge and processes. Bachelor's degree a plus. Skysong Innovations, through ASU Enterprise Partners offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan and reduced tuition at ASU. For more information on Skysong Innovations, visit our existing web site at www.skysonginnovations.com Skysong Innovations is an equal opportunity employer

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Director Business Development Physical Sciences

The overall responsibility of the Business Development Manager is to work with faculty and administration in identifying physical science inventions; securing appropriate IP coverage; marketing to potential licensees; executing commercial license agreements including facilitating faculty startups; and ensuring diligence on the part of the licensees. What you'll do: · Engage and enhance strong working relationships with faculty · Search-out and work with faculty to disclose commercially valuable ideas and prosecute intellectual property filings · Market to potential licensees via emailing, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings · Negotiate and execute licensing transactions from term sheet to definitive agreement · Maintain up to date project status via central database · Make presentations to faculty, industry, university leadership and boards · Other duties as assigned

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This externship will expose the students to technology transfer issues, including the identification, protection and commercialization of new technology.

Students in our legal externship program must hold a technical undergraduate or graduate degree (science, engineering, technology, computer science). Experience with IP in general and patent law in particular is helpful; an eagerness to learn is required.

You will coordinate with inventors and internal and external counsel as you prepare technology transfer documents, including technology evaluations, claim charts, patent applications, office action responses, and more.

Graduate (Masters/PhD/MBA) students with backgrounds in engineering, physical sciences, biology, biochemistry and bioscience are encouraged to apply.

Students will be responsible for writing reports, assessing commercial viability of inventions submitted to Skysong Innovations, identifying potential investors or licensees, developing marketing materials for our inventions, and/or conducting financial analyses for negotiations. Students will be invited to attend internal staff presentations and engage with our team.

Students that fill this position will be reporting to our administrative team and should be able to work in a team environment, have a basic knowledge of MS office programs, strong attention to detail and willingness to learn. The essential functions of this position are answering the phone, filing, and data entry as well as any other duties needed to improve and support our day-to-day operations.