Director, Intellectual Property Core at Seattle Children’s

If you dream of being part of a top-notch, world-renowned children’s hospital and foundation, the Vortechs Group has a rare opportunity for you. Seattle Children’s retained the Vortechs Group in an exclusive search for its next Director, Intellectual Property Core. 


The Director of the Intellectual Property Core Position

As the Director of the Intellectual Property Core, you will be responsible for driving discoveries from Seattle Children’s Research Institute into commercial products to benefit society, impact pediatric and public health, and improve the overall quality of life for families everywhere.

The Director of Intellectual Property Core will manage policies and guidelines for this office and develop new ones. This role will be critical to ensuring that work being done at Seattle Children’s is successfully transferred to the market/bedside to improve children’s health, everywhere. The Director will identify and lead high-profile initiatives and manage the intellectual property portfolio and licensing technologies for Seattle Children’s. This new role requires a dynamic leader who is ready to outline, create, and manage the Intellectual Property Core for Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

We’re looking for someone who will:

  • have a growth-oriented perspective, who can leverage Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer abilities as well as Business Development opportunities
  • serve as an expert on all aspects of the Intellectual Property Core
  • be comfortable with ambiguity and organizational change in an institution that has a continual need for evolving processes and systems
  • be a fast learner with the ability to deal with technical and business issues with equal skill.


The ideal candidate must have:

  • a Master’s Degree in a scientific field, MBA or JD with an emphasis in life sciences or technology
  • a minimum seven years of experience in technology transfer/business development, preferably in a life science field
  • experience and knowledge in key functional areas, such as licensing, commercialization, and deal structuring
  • experience in advocating for appropriate operating resources, demonstrating the value of the office to leadership, managing within the established budget, and building high performing teams/coalitions
  • a thorough understanding of science and ability to acquire an understanding of scientific issues in a fashion sufficient to enable technology assessment, as well as knowledge of patent law.

Read more about the position and qualifications in the Seattle Children’s Director Position Specification.


About Seattle Children’s and the Seattle Area

Seattle Children’s is ranked #5 in the nation and Best in the West (a designation that takes into account hospitals west of the Rockies) by U.S. News and World Report. This illustrious hospital is also ranked in the top 10 for six specialties, including 4th in the nation for nephrology.

This world-renowned institution houses some of the most innovative, thought-provoking research being conducted today in areas such as cystic fibrosis treatments and immune-based cancer treatments. It is also home to the nation’s first pediatric bioethics center. Seattle Children’s is one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers with nearly $50 million in NIH funding and nearly $99 million in total funding. It boasts an impressive 330,000 square feet of clinical and laboratory space.


Seattle, Washington is the crown jewel of the Northwest. Located on the Puget Sound, it is home to the many of the giants of technology and retail – including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon. The temperate weather and moist climate produce some of the world’s most beautiful flowers. But there’s much more to this city than natural beauty and the best coffee.

Pike Place Market offers over 200 vendors selling locally-sourced produce and hand-crafted items. Bouquets of farm-fresh flowers abound.

Seattle is serious about maintaining the beauty of the environment and requires its residents to compost. The cost of living here is slightly higher than the U.S. average but utilities are lower. With major sports teams and amazing restaurants, there’s something in the Emerald City for everyone.


Read more about the position and qualifications in the Seattle Children’s Director Position Specification.

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