Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Life Science Commercialisation

Job Title: Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Life Science Commercialisation
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dublin
Contact Name: Gerry Kennedy
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Job Published: almost 5 years ago

Job Description

Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Life Sciences Commercialisation

Role Purpose

This role plays a vital part in achieving economic impact from Ireland’s national research investment. The person appointed to this post will deliver competitive new spin out company prospects from research to Enterprise Ireland’s company start up programmes and find, link and facilitate opportunities for Irish companies to commercially benefit from the innovation and technology opportunities and skills embedded in the Irish national research system.

Job Spec

  • Work as part of the Enterprise Ireland, Life Sciences & Food Commercialisation team to achieve new company spin out prospects from research that are invested in through Enterprise Ireland’s start up programmes.
  • Increase the number of Irish companies conducting collaborative research projects with the Research system for commercial impact.
  • Work with interested researchers to build the pipeline of research commercialisation projects to achieve metrics.
  • Build and develop business networks and relationships with relevant stakeholders including key research stakeholders, client companies (both SMEs and large), colleagues and other research/business partners.
  • Support Enterprise Ireland sectoral colleagues in acting on their client companies’ innovation needs and translate them into a number of agreed commercially fruitful engagements with the research system.
  • Contribute to the continued development of key Enterprise Ireland investments in research commercialisation such as Technology Centres and Technology Gateways as assigned.
  • Maintain a high-level of personal understanding of Life Sciences & Food technology trends and market sectors with a view to contributing to Irish Life Sciences & Food companies future opportunities and development of strategy in this area.
  • Create engagement opportunities and relationships with EI’s Life Sciences and Food sector teams and key internal stakeholders to share, integrate and incorporate Life Sciences and Food commercialisation knowledge, experience and expertise into the development of EI sectors. 
  • Facilitate contact between Irish based industry (including SMEs) and research groups in third level institutes.
  • Work to facilitate access by researchers to the range of support programmes and services provided by Enterprise Ireland to assist with both the formation of high potential start-up companies, protection and licensing of technology and the development of strong, innovative links to industry.
  • Proactively promote awareness of the importance of commercialisation issues with researchers and their institutions.

Person Spec

  • Experience of working in a commercial environment in the Life Sciences and/or Food industry is essential.
  • An understanding of the international market trends for Life Sciences & Food technologies and services is essential
  • An honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification, in a scientific or technical discipline or a minimum of three years’ experience working directly in the commercialisation of research is essential.
  • A credible track record in proactively building and developing business networks and relationships, both internally and externally, with relevant stakeholders including key research stakeholders, client companies, colleagues and other research/business partners and bodies is essential.
  • Ability to engage effectively at senior level and at all levels in the business cross-cultural environment between companies, academia and the markets
  • Previous commercial experience of business development/sales, R&D and new product introduction.
  • Ability to assimilate and understand scientific and technological issues and to assess their commercial potential.
  • Sufficient personal credibility to successfully promote the Enterprise Ireland Life Sciences & Food research and commercialisation agendas within industry and academic communities
  • A detailed knowledge of current technology and research trends in Life Sciences & Food sectors.
  • Appropriate experience, ideally involving the identification and commercialisation of intellectual property through licensing or new enterprise development.
  • An understanding of the cultural issues prevalent in a research-focused academic environment and an ability to manage interpersonal relationships in that environment
  • Strong personal network and contacts within the Life Sciences and/or Food industry sector.

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