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Licensing Associate at the Technology Ventures Office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


Cedars-Sinai has exclusively retained Gardner Innovation Search Partners to manage this search. Gardner Innovation Search Partners is the top technology transfer recruiter in the world, and is committed to presenting a diverse slate of candidates who possess the skills, expertise, and enthusiasm to thrive in this role.

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About the Role

Under the supervision of the manager, the Licensing Associate will provide support for invention disclosure, marketing, licensing and de-risking activities of the invention portfolio in the Technology Ventures Office (TVO) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Invention Disclosure Process (25%):

  • Internally provide assistance and support to inventors for submitting invention disclosures to the TVO.
  • Interact with inventors to ensure inventions at the Medical Center are disclosed & processed by the TVO.
  • Responsible for ensuring completeness of the invention disclosure forms.
  • Perform initial analysis and recommendations on the technologies disclosed to the TVO.
  • Work with the manager in the assessment of invention disclosures for marketing and commercial potential.
  • Participate in seminars and grand rounds at the Medical Center to enhance TVO presence and to help identify potential inventions.

Marketing and Licensing Technology (35%):

  • Work closely with manager to develop & implement general and technology specific marketing strategies.
  • Input marketing activities and communication information into internal database.
  • Write non-confidential summaries of technologies and posting summaries.
  • Conduct market research and analysis to identify potential licensing or commercialization partners.
  • Send non-confidential summaries of technologies to potential licensees to market technologies.
  • Present and market technologies at national and International meetings.
  • Perform financial analysis and valuations of early-stage technologies.
  • Negotiate agreements to out-license technologies to identified partners with support from the manager
  • Negotiate option agreements as applicable.

De-risking Technology (15%):

  • Participate in the management of de-risking projects for selected technologies to improve market readiness.
  • Identify contract research organizations (CROs) to perform R&D work on selected inventions.
  • Manage projects with regards to legal framework, finance, timeline and outcome.
  • Manage expectation and facilitate communication between inventors and CROs.
  • Secure potential new inventions or improvements over existing inventions through patenting.

Education (15%):

  • Responsible for organizing education sessions for inventors.
  • Work with the manager to identify key topics, prepare flyers, invite speakers and market educational events to key audience within the Medical Center.

General (10%):

  • Perform other duties (e.g., prepare analysis, reports, meeting presentations) as assigned by the manager.
  • Perform special projects as required by the manager.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess the following training, skills, and expertise:


  • Master’s degree in science required.
  • PhD in science preferred.


  • General knowledge of business practices related to intellectual property protection and commercialization required.
  • Two years of experience in managing early-stage life science technologies, (with exposure to medical device and digital health preferred) in academic technology transfer offices, life science companies or life science-focused investment firms highly preferred.
  • Great teammate with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Basic understanding of the academic medical research enterprise.
  • Experience working with researchers.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects with excellent attention to detail.

Interested applicants should send their resume, a non-confidential deal sheet, and any questions to:

Glen Gardner, Recruiter

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