ASU Enterprise Partners– Associate Director Business Development Physical Sciences, Skysong Innovations
What we do:
ASU Enterprise Partners is a global-reaching non-profit based in Tempe, AZ. We raise resources to support students, researchers and programs at Arizona State University so that they can improve the world.
As is customary at ASU, we operate a little differently: not only do we cultivate philanthropy, we also identify real estate, technology transfer, international partnership and defense research opportunities that yield private support for the university. You can learn more about each of these entities at www.asuenterprisepartners.org.
Who we are:
Our team is varied – fundraisers, designers, scholars, financial wizards, ex-CEOs, filmmakers, venture capitalists, inventors, volunteers – and each member brings a different perspective to our vision.
Regardless of background, we share a mission that we can help, that quality higher education should be accessible -- no matter from where one comes -- and that we are responsible for the wellbeing of the communities we live in and serve.
Want to advance the most innovative university in the country – and your work? Join us.
There is no single career journey at Enterprise Partners. Roles often shift as passions are discovered. You’ll be encouraged to look across the organization to determine if new areas are of interest – whether in fundraising, real estate development, social media or something else. Training courses are offered every week, and our main offices face ASU’s Tempe campus, where our employees’ tuition is significantly reduced.
Our advancement opportunities are real – and so is the ability to be part of an intellectually stimulating, people-focused, mission-driven team doing meaningful work in a beautiful, vibrant, sunlit location.
Details about our comprehensive benefits are available at https://www.asuenterprisepartners.org/careers/benefits.
As the top-rated university for innovation, Arizona State is a powerful generator of intellectual capital and technology. Skysong Innovations, a private non-profit organization, disseminates and manages that capital in the marketplace by nurturing relationships between faculty, investors and industry partners. Since its creation in 2003, Skysong Innovations has launched more than 120 startups, which support over 1,000 jobs and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Arizona’s economy.
The mission statement for the Physical Science Technology Transfer function is to identify, evaluate, protect, market and commercialize innovative physical science based technologies developed at Arizona State University, a >$600MM research enterprise. The aim is for ASU technologies to be licensed to both established and startup companies with a view to promoting societal benefits, while also ensuring a fair return for the university. In addition, this function may support technology transfer activities for other universities and research institutions.
The overall responsibility of the Associate Business Development Director is to source and execute commercial license agreements including facilitating faculty startups, to identify physical science inventions; to secure appropriate IP coverage by supporting patent prosecution, including engaging with both ASU inventors and outside patent counsel; to assist marketing efforts; and to ensure diligence on the part of the licensees.
What you'll do:
- Negotiate and execute licensing transactions from term sheet to definitive agreement
- Engage and enhance strong working relationships with faculty
- Search-out and work with faculty to disclose commercially valuable ideas and prosecute intellectual property filings, the latter of which entails engaging with ASU inventors and outside patent counsel in the context of the patent prosecution process
- Make presentations to faculty, industry, university leadership and boards
- Assist marketing with potential licensees via emailing, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings
- Maintain up to date project status via central database
- Other duties as assigned