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Technology Licensing Manager, Life Sciences/Admin V 


Job Summary:

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Technology Management is seeking to hire a Technology Licensing Manager. The Technology Licensing Manager is responsible for managing a portfolio of intellectual property cases and will be primarily responsible for working with faculty in the life sciences to:

-identify potential inventions

-evaluate inventions for marketability and patentability

-develop and execute commercialization strategies for inventions

-participate in company formation decisions and implement spin-off strategies

-actively market discoveries to industry

-negotiate options, licenses and industry-sponsored research agreements and follow-up and monitoring of license performance.

This position requires an advanced degree in a relevant life sciences field; an MBA is helpful. This position requires five years of relevant experience, preferably in some aspect of the patent process from a business perspective. Preference will be given to candidates with academic technology transfer experience. Requires knowledge about general patent requirements and processing. Must have demonstrable experience and the ability to formulate and to close corporate deals and exhibit entrepreneurial skills. The ability to work on multiple, complex transactions is essential to success in this position.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.


  • Manage and negotiate external agreements related to proprietary technologies, including licenses, options, and other industry-sponsored agreements. Follow up and monitor licensee performance and agreement compliance.
  • Evaluate technology for patentability, marketability, and commercial potential. Develop and execute commercialization strategies and actively market the technology.
  • Education and counseling of inventors in the recordation and development of inventive concepts and invention disclosures prior to the preparation and filing of a patent application. Development and maintenance of flexible, team-based working relationships with individual faculty inventors, department chairs and administrators to identify potential inventions and evaluate invention disclosures. If the invention disclosure is approved for commercialization, this individual will continue to work with inventor(s) on the patent filing process and will be responsible for providing input into patenting decisions and structuring patent claims.
  • Participate in licensing and company formation decisions and implement spinoff and/or commercialization strategies customized to individual technologies.

About the University of Pittsburgh:

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education. Today Pitt is focused on the impact and the relentless pursuit of change, for good. In 2021, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings again named the Pittsburgh campus as the No. 1 public university in the Northeastern United States. Pitt also ranks fifth among U.S. universities in competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health. With our discoveries, we are recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the world. We invent the paths of the future and forge ahead.

In 2020, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) ranked Pitt 20th on its list of the top 100 global universities granted US utility patents. From 2017 to 2021 Pitt received notifications of 1,768 new inventions made in its laboratories, had 503 US patents granted, entered into 711 option and license agreements for innovations created on campus, and spun out 87 companies based on technologies created in Pitt laboratories. This is among the most commercial activities of any other university in the US.

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