Principal – Head of Alexandria LaunchLabs®

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Aug 28, 2020
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), an S&P 500® urban office REIT, is the first and longest-tenured owner, operator, and developer uniquely focused on collaborative life science, technology and agtech campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations. Founded in 1994, Alexandria pioneered this niche and has since established a significant market presence in key locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle. Alexandria is known for its high-quality and diverse tenant base. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A properties clustered in urban life science, technology, and agtech campuses that provide its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success. For more information, please visit

Alexandria LaunchLabs® is the premier, full-service startup platform designed to dramatically accelerate the growth of early-stage life science startups. Alexandria LaunchLabs® provides move-in-ready office/laboratory space, first-class support resources, shared equipment and services, creative amenities and access to startup capital through the Alexandria Seed Capital Platform – all of which are critical for driving the growth of seed and early-stage companies. Its first, flagship site at the Alexandria Center® for Life Science – New York City opened in Summer 2017, with additional sites opening in Cambridge and Research Triangle in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and additional sites on the west coast opening in early 2020.

Alexandria’s Venture Investment arm acts as the strategic venture capital group within Alexandria Real Estate Equities and helps identify and invest in innovative life science companies, including biotech and agtech, and manage all related due diligence for potential investments, including in-depth review of a company’s technology, key focus area(s), competitive landscape, and the strength and level of innovation of each opportunity.

We are excited to expand the Alexandria LaunchLabs® platform into the San Francisco Bay Area and are seeking a Principal to lead our first site in the region as well as to join the Alexandria Venture Investments team. The Principal will oversee operations, source and provide strategic and business operations support for member companies and interface with external groups including academic institutions, investors, and industry groups. This individual should have experience working with early-stage life science companies and be comfortable interfacing with various parts of the San Francisco Bay Area life science ecosystem to promote the brand and mission of Alexandria LaunchLabs®.

The Principal will be integrated in our dynamic and entrepreneurial Science & Technology team, which works across Alexandria on a variety of strategic initiatives, including Alexandria Venture Investments. This unique role will be the first of its type in the region and will allow for dramatic personal and career growth. Below is a description of necessary competencies and expected roles and responsibilities.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions, marital status, registered domestic partner status, family-care status, veteran status, military status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Alexandria LaunchLabs® Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • General oversight of all day-to-day operations, marketing, programming, and coordination with Alexandria staff on license/lease administration, accounting, and all business matters related to the site
  • Assist in sourcing, conducting diligence on, and selecting potential Alexandria LaunchLabs® member companies and/or seed capital recipients
  • Support the growth and development of the Alexandria LaunchLabs® member companies
  • Track member company progress and identify resources that can be used to accelerate their growth
  • Source and coordinate third party service providers to assist Alexandria LaunchLabs® members companies
  • Report on overall status of the Alexandria LaunchLabs® site to Alexandria’s senior leadership team
  • Develop and maintain operating budgets and related financial reports
  • Work with the Alexandria LaunchLabs® Lab Operations Director on procurement, maintenance, layouts, and other activities for the space
  • In collaboration with the Alexandria Events and LaunchLabs teams develop strategic programming and events to help support Alexandria LaunchLabs® member companies, and other local early stage companies as well as increase Alexandria’s visibility in San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Be the main point of contact for the external life science ecosystem with Alexandria LaunchLabs®
  • Maintain a strong presence and network throughout the San Francisco Bay Area life science ecosystem
  • Develop strategic relationships with the academic, commercial, and venture communities in San Francisco Bay Area
  • Attend industry related events and workshops to promote the Alexandria LaunchLabs® brand

Alexandria Venture Investments and Tenant Underwriting in San Francisco Bay Area

  • Identify, conduct diligence, and lead investments in private life science companies in San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with local Alexandria Venture Investments team. Focus primarily on seed early stage opportunities
  • Help manage and track San Francisco Bay Area investment portfolio
  • Help organize and implement a west coast Alexandria Seed Capital network
  • Research, monitor, and analyze performance indicators for Alexandria’s San Francisco Bay Area tenants and potential tenants. Responsibilities include meeting with companies, ongoing evaluation of company clinical/commercial status, fundraising efforts, financial conditions, etc.
  • Work closely with leaders of the Alexandria San Francisco office to help identify key tenants and potential tenants, growth opportunities, and ecosystem trends that may impact real estate

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science related field required, MS or MBA is required, PhD is preferred
  • Prior experience building life science start-up companies, through either direct entrepreneurship activities, mentorship, and/or venture investing
  • Minimum 5 years of either biotech industry or venture experience is required
  • Robust understanding of early-stage company building activities
  • Understanding of venture capital industry is required
  • Strong financial experience required
  • Prior experience running a co-working space (incubator and/or accelerator) preferred
  • Strong connections to the San Francisco Bay Area life science ecosystem (universities, venture community, companies, etc.)
  • Ability to multi-task and communicate effectively
  • Highly organized and diligent about documentation