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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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Associate 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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Manager Intellectual Property Services - Physical Sciences

The Director of Intellectual Property for the Physical Sciences will work closely with ASU faculty and staff, in-house counsel, and Skysong Innovations business development professionals on obtaining invention disclosures, evaluating them, and monitoring the preparation of patent applications. Additional responsibilities may include presentations to faculty, IP report generation and analysis, managing interns, and special projects.

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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.