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Commercialization Manager

Technology Transfer and Scouting

Close Date
31 May 2018
MaRS Innovation
Position Summary:
  • The Commercialization Manager will primarily be responsible and accountable for the execution of technology transfer activities in support of Ryerson University and York University.
  • The Commercialization Manager will also work closely with other members of the MaRS Innovation team and institutional representatives to ensure continued engagement of academic researchers across the MaRS Innovation membership.
  • Reporting to the the Vice President of Commercialization, the Commercialization Manager will carry out a variety of activities to advance the commercialization of technologies at Ryerson University and York University.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Advise academic researchers on the commercialization process, including support on collaborating with industry partners, other academic institutions and researchers and identifying funding sources.
  • Develop strategies for the commercialization of technologies:
    • Identify appropriate industry partners and establish contact with executives to prepare licenses and collaborative research agreements.
    • Develop commercialization strategies that are consistent with Ryerson University’s and York University’s Intellectual Property Policy including recommended scope of licenses and startup companies.
    • Promote commercial use of new technologies that may lead to new business ventures, particularly those where the employee-inventor may also act as an entrepreneur.
  • Explain the technology transfer process, including the MI assessments and when licensing is appropriate versus company creation.
  • Support researchers in the development and preparation of commercialization-related grants.
  • Act as the point of contact for the negotiation of all business and intellectual property related terms and conditions for all partnership related contracts.
  • Monitor committed projects including budgets and outcomes, manage correspondence and monitor compliance of Commercialization Agreements.
  • Engage Patent Counsel to protect potentially patentable, commercially relevant intellectual property resulting from research at the institution.
  • Manage the IP docket ensuring timely response to inquiries related to patent filings, prosecution and maintenance.
  • Advocate on behalf of researchers conducting industry sponsored research.
  • Establish relationships with investigators and develop high-level of understanding of investigator interests amongst MaRS Innovation’s member institutions.
  • Identify collaborative research opportunities between MaRS Innovation members for the validation and development of technology.
  • Learn about and develop relationships with key knowledge companies in Canada
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings at MI and integrate learnings and findings from Ryerson University and York University technology transfer experiences to the MI team.

Will be required to work from multiple locations: Ryerson University 2.5 days per week, York University 2.5 days per week.


Educational/Technical Requirements:  
  • University Degree, specialized education in a physical sciences discipline 
  • Graduate degree preferred -  MBA or equivalent business degree is an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience, preferably in technology transfer, licensing, intellectual property management or new venture creation.
  • Prior experience in development of commercial partnerships and negotiation of related agreements.
  • Product development or equivalent technical or business development experience in the medical sciences preferred.
  • Superior project and time management skills, including planning and executing projects in order to accomplish goals within constraints such as time, budget, and quality standards, specifically with respect to early stage technology and product development.
  • Detailed understanding of the purpose of patents and the processes relating to patent filing, prosecution and maintenance.
  • Familiarity in interacting with the academic research community and specifically in academic technology transfer and/or project management would be an asset.
  • Proficiency with databases, web searches, and ability to rapidly learn new software applications.

Personal Requirements

  • Curiosity about advancements in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in general.
  • Proven ability to deal with confidential material and sensitive client interaction issues with diplomacy and discretion.
  • Excellent oral, written communication, networking and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills necessary to effectively work with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong computer, analytical, creative problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Must possess an ability to work effectively both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.

MaRS Innovation is committed to accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, providing the applicant has met the bona fide requirements for the open position. Applicants should make their requirements known when contacted.