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Executive Director, IP Exchange, at Auburn University


Auburn University has exclusively retained Gardner Innovation Search Partners to find their next Executive Director, IP Exchange

The IP Exchange at Auburn University connects university research with the commercial marketplace. They help researchers protect their intellectual property in the marketplace and help users leverage that technology across multiple industries.

The Executive Director, IP Exchange provides senior level direction, management, administrative and fiscal oversight for the Intellectual Property Exchange (IPX) in support of Auburn University research and economic development programs. They will also serve as chief advocate for intellectual property and technology commercialization at Auburn University.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and educational training:

Education: Master’s degree in Business, Law, Engineering, Physical or Life Sciences.


  • 10 years or more of demonstrated experience in technology transfer, business development, intellectual property management, and related activities.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience and strong technical competence negotiating deal terms, complex and standard, including an understanding of both industry and startup perspectives and needs.
  • Research administration experience; contracts experience, including drafting of complex agreements.
  • General knowledge of University policies related to accounting principles and financial management, academic personnel, the appropriate use of University facilities, sales and services activities, research regulatory compliance requirements, stewardship responsibilities, use of human and animal subjects, intellectual property, appropriate Facilities and Administrative rates, publication rights, conflicts of interests, etc.

Minimum Required Knowledge

  • Knowledge of industry sponsored research, intellectual property management, and technology transfer in a complex organizational context
  • Knowledge of evolving issues related to patent and other intellectual property
  • Knowledge of contract drafting and negotiation practices; knowledge of licensing practices
  • Working knowledge of startup funding deal terms as well as equity and shareholder agreements
  • Knowledge of risk management and conflict of interest issues related to technology commercialization; knowledge of state, federal and industry contract guidelines, procedures, and laws as they pertain to university research and the intellectual property developed from research and intellectual property protection procedures
  • Knowledge of patent administration and Bayh-Dole compliance requirements
  • General understanding of business including startups, venture capital, equity, etc.

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