Senior Life Science Business Development Manager

POSTED: April 19, 2019
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

  • Identify and secure commercialization partners for Purdue technologies in the areas of medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, mass spectrometry, and life science.
  • Work closely with life science and biomedical engineering innovators to develop commercialization and intellectual property (IP) strategies.
  • Perform technology valuations, market analyses and competitive landscapes.
  • Promote and market Purdue life science and biomedical technologies to commercial partners.
  • Draft, negotiate and execute transactional contracts including license, option and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Provide subject-matter expertise in the fields of biomedical engineering and life sciences for the OTC business development and IP team.
  • Share knowledge about OTC processes and the Purdue’s IP policy.
  • Identify Purdue technologies for entrepreneurship activities and support them as necessary.
  • Manage relationships with commercial partners (licensees, sponsors and investors).
  • Develop a long-term strategy for third party relationships to make a strong impact on the commercialization ecosystem.
  • Foster technology commercialization in life sciences by ensuring effective communication, dissemination of information related to IP and new ideas with Purdue faculty and licensees.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Monitor and account for budget expenditures associated with all assigned duties.
  • Provide input and guidance on IP matters in sponsored research agreements and industry collaborations.
  • Work with members of the entrepreneurship and venture capital communities.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Related industry experience highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of technology transfer within industry and/or academia preferred.
  • Strong negotiating and agreement drafting experience desirable.
  • Understanding of intellectual property protection mechanisms and strategy desirable.
  • Excellent team work, organizational, problem-solving, computer, written/verbal communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Candidate must be comfortable interacting with people from varied disciplines at various leadership levels in an organization and with managing multiple complex projects.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • M.S. degree in biomedical engineering or life sciences required.  Advanced degree and/or MBA preferred.
  • Five years of business development, technology licensing or high-tech product development/marketing experience, preferably in the medical device or life science sector preferred.

Application Instructions: 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at by Friday, May 10, 2019. 

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.


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