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Senior Licensing Manager, Colorado State University Ventures


Colorado State University Ventures
Fort Collins, Colorado
Senior Licensing Manager


Colorado State University Ventures (CSUV) is a matchmaker who brings the private sector and academia together for mutually beneficial collaboration. This approach creates value for their customers and partners. By identifying partners who share values and interests, their collaborations often span many years with success on multiple levels – from intellectual contribution to unique services that are part of the university infrastructure.  CSU also offers state- of-the-art incubator facilities for early stage partners and several core research areas that are poised to impact the global marketplace.

With over $300 million in research expenditures annually, Colorado State University continues to expand its partnerships with industry.

Entrepreneurship is an important vehicle for transforming promising CSU innovations into useful products and processes. CSU Ventures has assisted in the formation of dozens of startups, with many more in the pipeline. They recognize the value that investors and entrepreneurs with applicable experience and specialized expertise can add to new ventures formed around CSU technologies.

With land-grant beginnings, Colorado State University is focused on practical solutions for today and tomorrow and CSU’s mission is help accomplish this goal.

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The Senior Licensing Manager (SLM) is responsible for identifying technologies with commercial applications, evaluating the commercial potential of technologies, identifying potential licensees, preparing non-confidential technical information for marketing purposes, developing and implementing specific marketing strategies for each technology, and drafting and negotiating mid- to large-sized license agreements and other types of agreements including material transfer, collaboration and nondisclosure agreements. Responsible for performing negotiations related to Intellectual Property (IP), as well as demonstrating valuation and IP business development. The IP portfolio may be in the fields of: chemistry, engineering, software, life sciences, medical device, drug development, veterinary medicine and agriculture. The SLM is also responsible for the mentoring and support of licensing analysts, licensing managers and student interns.

CSUV is looking for a candidate who can lead and implement strategies while fostering community economic development. S/he will serve as a speaker, workshop leader, committee member and/or officer of various licensing associations.

As a senior position in the licensing staff, the SLM will help educate the academic community about technology transfer and intellectual property.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage intellectual property by reviewing newly disclosed or assigned invention disclosures for pending or past public disclosures. Determine patentability with a cursory prior art search, and commercial potential.
  • Negotiate the terms of licenses, options, confidentiality, and other agreements.
  • Develop relationships with inventors; supportive of their research and their entrepreneurial interests and goals; provide guidance and support to CSU faculty before, during and after formation of a start-up company.
  • Work with the Patent Manager, patent attorneys and inventors to coordinate patent protection and filing of patent applications.
  • Develop and implement a commercialization plan customized to each technology weighing technology readiness, commercial potential, market size, and initial commercial interest. When appropriate generate a non-confidential summary of the technology to be used for marketing purposes.
  • Manage industry relationships, i.e. act as liaison between CSU faculty, staff, students and potential licensees, patent and contract attorneys, industrial scientists, senior business development executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
  • Coordinate with CSU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Office of Vice President for Research to draft appropriate contract language on Sponsored Research Agreements, often incorporating an option to CSUV technology.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two to five years’ experience in technology commercialization, licensing, business development or intellectual property management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific field, such as engineering, chemistry, biology, animal science or plant science; advanced degree such as MS, MBA, JD or PhD in a scientific field preferred.
  • Knowledge of science, business principles, laws and regulation that relate to the patenting, licensing and commercialization of inventions.
  • Demonstrated skills in handling complex inter- and intra-organizational issues and relationships working in a fast-paced environment managing multiple projects.
  • Hands-on professional experience within academic or not-for-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills. Outstanding customer service performance and evidence of high level of confidentiality and ethical behavior.


Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email resume, deal sheet/past deals negotiated, and salary expectations to:

Lisa Rooney

Fort Collins, Colorado

Rated the number 3 “College Town to Live in Forever” by CollegeRanker, Fort Collins is home to fabulous recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife scene and family fun. Located in northern Colorado, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and an outstanding public school system. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.  Fort Collins stands out nationally as one of the best places to have a business and career; and one of the best places to live and launch a business.

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Enjoy more than 600 acres of parks, 40,000 acres of natural areas, 20 miles of off-street hike/ bike trails, three golf courses, a racquet center, three swimming pools, an ice rink and a community center.

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