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    Research Division
    Seven Oaks Chronic Disease Innovation Centre
    2300 McPhillips Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    R2V 3M3

    For inquiries related to Research Data, Partnerships and Collaboration, or Contract and Commercial Research please email Michelle Di Nella, Research Manager, or call her at 204-632-3383.


    Director Business Development & Commercialization

    Supervision Received: CEO, CDIC
    Supervision Exercised: TBD
    Employment Status: Full Time, One Year Term
    Effective Date: February, 2023

    Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Business Development & Commercialization will lead the planning and development of a new Industry Partnerships and Commercialization Office (IPCO) type entity. With the support and guidance of the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre’s (CDIC) core team, the Director will be responsible for developing a structure, strategy, funding, marketing, and launch of the new organization. The Director will also be responsible for advancing key products/services/technologies with strong commercialization potential.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Lead the planning and development of a new IPCO type organization:
    Develop the vision, purpose/objectives/description and name for new entity;
    Conduct market research;
    Recommend and develop a business/organization structure;
    Develop a business plan that includes; market assessment, description of product/service details, strategic plan, operations plan, sales and marketing plan, human resources plan, infrastructure/capital plan, financial plan, summary of risks, investments and relevant sources of information and research;
    Identify and secure funding/financing from public and private sources;
    File necessary regulatory and legal documents to create the new organization;
    Obtain insurance commensurate with research/project activities;
    Plan for potential new office location;
    Develop policies and procedures for the day-to-day functioning of the new entity.
    Develop a collaboration model with CDIC to create a pipeline of innovation ideas; lead an innovation planning process ensuring innovation goals are realized and the long-term pipeline is robust.
    Assist with the development of a Commercialization Working Committee comprised of experts in the relevant fields and areas of product commercialization.
    Identify products/services/programs with strong commercial potential and develop commercialization opportunities e.g., knowledge transfer, start-ups, spin-offs, licensing.
    Engage in extensive ecosystem networking to identify and engage potential industry and academic partners, entrepreneurs and other relevant associations and agencies with the aim of fostering collaborations.
    Manage key accounts, initiatives, projects, portfolios and programs, while providing reviews, metrics and outcome assessments.

    MBA or equivalent business degree.
    Master’s degree in health sciences considered an asset.
    Skills & Experience:

    +5 years related experience, preferably in technology commercialization, health sciences, university-industry collaboration and product development and innovation positions.
    +5 years of experience leading and scaling a start-up, preferably for an organization in ideation stage.
    Proven track record of building and aligning the right resources for an early-stage start-up.
    Proven experience of securing funding and/or raising capital for an early-stage start-up.
    Strong understanding of corporate finance and performance management principles.
    Strategic and operational experience.
    An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational, communication and leadership skills.
    Excellent knowledge of:
    university and hospital research processes and practices, including research applications, agreements, and technology commercialization;
    technology commercialization strategies and practices;
    academic-industry partnerships;
    commercialization and collaboration agreements;
    funding programs for commercialization;
    contract, technology transfer and intellectual property law
    Strong ability to create business plans in order to create a revenue generating unit.
    Excellent oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail for writing and understanding appropriate interpretation of contracts and agreements.
    Strong ability to meet deadlines.
    Ability to understand complex technology/science and convey in simple terms, ability to build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders including academic researchers, regional innovation centers, industry clusters, angel networks and other commercialization support networks
    Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
    Exceptional leadership and management skills
    Conversant in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and CRM systems, as well as the ability to learn new software applications
    Job Type: Full-time


    Dental care
    Disability insurance
    Employee assistance program
    Extended health care
    Life insurance
    Paid time off
    Vision care

    Day shift
    Monday to Friday
    Work Location: One location

    Application deadline: 2023-02-17

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