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Senior Licensing Manager (Two Positions), Belfer Office for Dana Farber Innovations (BODFI) in Boston, Massachusetts


THE OPPORTUNITY – Senior Licensing Manager (two positions)

The senior licensing manager will also serve as a marketing strategist, seeking areas in which collaboration with counterparts in industry will provide insight and access to further develop Dana Farber’s portfolio efforts.

The senior licensing manager’s primary function is to develop mutually beneficial relationships, internally within the Dana Farber network, and externally with businesses, startup companies,
entrepreneurs and others. 

Each senior licensing manager will be assigned a cluster and work closely with a team of professionals to coordinate cross-cluster programs and projects and shape, execute and accelerate commercial opportunities.


• Bachelor’s degree in science and/or business administration/management, or equivalent, is required; an advanced degree, such as a Master’s or PhD is preferred.
• Degree in business administration and/or management is preferred.
• Three to seven years of related experience required, preferably in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and/or technology industries.
• Existing relationships in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and/or technology.


• Reports to the Market Strategist Lead in BODFI.
• Manages portfolio of medical innovations with a focus on Cancer Biology, Drug Development, or Software, Data Sciences & Computational Biology and deliver high value commercial outcomes.
• Manages junior licensing managers and staff.
• Develops and implements strategies for efficiently ensuring compliance with license-related regulations.
• Manages and develops relationships w/licensees, sponsors and potential partners.
• Develops strategy to enhance commercial impact, economic returns and cost savings of key and emerging DFCI’s discoveries.
• Negotiates and drafts licensing agreements, options, stock agreements that require an understanding of complex deal structures.


• Excellent oral, written, communication, and analytical skills are required. Must be able to communicate proactively.
• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
• Strong negotiation and organization skills.
• Ability to work in a highly matrixed and complex organization with multiple stakeholders.
• Flexibility with changes in environment and role.


Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should send resume, deal sheet/past deals negotiated.

Lisa Rooney
Partner, The Vortechs Group

About Boston

Boston is the global center of life science innovation. Known as the “Life Science Corridor” Boston is home to the world’s largest cluster of life science and biotech companies.

The Life Sciences Corridor

• The Life Sciences Corridor is home to over 730 companies within the Life Science Industry Cluster.
• The MBTA Commuter Rail system serves as the heavy rail arm of the MBTA’s transportation coverage of Greater Boston.
• The Life Sciences Corridor is sustained by skilled labor force availability, access to leading universities, the existence of established innovative research and development districts, proximity to major research hospitals, and presence of venture capital resources, all within the world’s leading life sciences cluster.

Boston is also an economic hub, with jobs, primarily within the healthcare, educational, and service areas – nearly 690,000 in 2013. Combined with its cultural aspects, Boston is a great place to work, live and discover!