Associate Director Blavatnik Fund, Drug Discovery Project Management - 51053BR

New Haven, Connecticut (US)
Sep 05, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

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General Purpose:  The Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale is a $25 million fund making grants of up to $300k to support Yale faculty in the commercialization of applied research and technology in the life sciences. A significant obstacle to the development of early-stage university discoveries is the lack of funding for the proof-of-concept and validation studies needed to demonstrate commercial potential. To overcome this barrier, the Fund provides funding and business development support to help validate nascent technologies and identify potential industry partners to advance these technologies to the marketplace. Supported projects may include such areas as therapeutics, diagnostics/bio-markers, medical devices, or research instruments, among others. The expected goal of completed projects will be partnerships with industry, through licenses to existing bio-pharmaceutical companies and startup firms (some launched from the Fund-supported technology) or via major industry-sponsored research agreements. It is expected that these alliances will lead to additional industry-sponsored research support. 

Since inception, the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale has supported 11 projects in areas of oncology, diabetes, neuroscience, autoimmune disease, infectious disease, rare diseases, and others.  To learn more about the Fund, please visit

Working in close partnership with the licensing executives and other resources in the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR), the Associate Director will help the Director of Blavatnik facilitate the process of identifying promising technologies by conducting outreach to relevant faculty across the Yale community and preparing the opportunities for presentation to an external investment advisory committee comprised of experts in biopharmaceutical venture investment and corporate development for investment. Along with managing the process and presenting funding proposals to the external investment committee, the Associate Director with the Director of Blavatnik, will be responsible for managing the strategic corporate partners executing the approved development plans, and monitoring progress against the project plan to ensure the timely exchange of data and feedback from the contract research organization and the faculty member from whom the technology opportunity originated. In addition to identifying projects for this process, this position helps support the commercialization efforts of selected technologies as new venture and/or with a licensee.

Required Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree in business or a life science and 4 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Proven advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills including expertise and skill to interact successfully with a diverse array of technical, scientific, legal, political, and public entities. Includes ability to communicate effectively in a full range of forums such as meetings, presentations, and written expression.
  • A demonstrated systems thinker, who can develop and implement plans to efficiently support teams through project conception, planning, budgeting, funding, change management, and implementation cycles.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing scientific projects. Proven ability to establish, promote, and manage strategic relationships with diverse groups.
  • Ability to work with faculty teams to define protocols to be carried out by the external Contract Research Organizations (CRO's) and negotiating with those CRO's.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Corporate R&D experience, preferably in drug discovery or pre-clinical development. Familiarity with animal models and pre-clinical toxicology.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

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