Employment at the Center for Commercialization

The Center for Commercialization’s mission is to make the University of Washington the best place in the world to do research by providing unparalleled commercialization support to our entrepreneurial and inventive researchers. The Center for Commercialization manages University of Washington intellectual property with the goal of extending the impact of UW research through the creation of partnerships that encourage investment in innovation. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

We have the following openings at the Center for Commercialization:

Technology Management Fellow


The UW Center for Commercialization’s provides an opportunity for Ph.D. candidates from various technical programs including, but not limited to, Engineering, Medicine/Life Science, Physics, Chemistry and Materials Sciences, and Information Technologies. This position is a valuable opportunity to understand the commercialization process, and what possibilities there are for careers that combine a scientific background with business acumen. The program requires a commitment of 10 hours a week for a one year appointment.

Students will receive initial training in technology assessment of new innovations, market research including identification of potential licensees, and creation of marketing materials. Once trained, students will work on clearly delineated commercial projects assigned by the Technology Management Fellows Coordinator. The Fellow must be available to work at C4C at least two hours per week to interact with the C4C Technology Managers, and the remainder of the work time may be performed remotely.

Job Responsibilities

    • Market Analysis
    • Intellectual Property Analysis
    • Technology Analysis
    • Provide assessments of technology to Technology Managers

Eligibility

    • Degree – Ph.D. level students with authorization to work in the US
    • Area of Study – Including but not limited to Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Materials Sciences, Information Technologies, Medicine/Life Science
    • Consent of Ph.D. supervisor

Desired Qualities

    • Interest in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization
    • Ability to think critically with attention to detail
    • Quick learner, interested in a wide range of subjects
    • Able to consider and synthesize a broad range of perspectives
    • Willingness to share expertise and learn from others
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Professionalism and ability to meet deadlines

Benefits to Students

    • Direct participation in UW Commercialization activities
    • Stimulating project assignments in new technology and business operations
    • Association with venture and entrepreneur communities of Seattle
    • Real world business development experience
    • Excellent, multi-disciplinary learning environment
    • Opportunities to meet potential local employers

Recruiting Process

    • The next hiring cycle will begin in Spring 2015.
    • Following an initial three month probationary period, appointments will be for one year, with unlimited renewals while a Fellow remains a Ph.D. candidate.
    • The following courses and activities will strengthen your application, but are not required:
        • Participation in the Program in Technology Commercialization (PTC), a partnership between the College of Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering
        • Enrollment in classes at the Foster School of Business including the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
        • Participation in Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA)
        • Prior business experience

If you are interested in the program and would like more information, contact Munir Abdol at Mabdol20@uw.edu or 206-616-8415.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence


The mission of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program is to increase the quantity and quality of start-ups based on University of Washington technologies.

Experienced entrepreneurs interested in starting a company based on a UW technology are invited to apply. EIRs join C4C for six months at a time. During this period, EIRs help identify technologies with commercial promise, and select a technology to spin out. EIRs provide UW researchers with real-world insights about the commercialization process and expertise in target markets, product development, and fundraising strategies.

The C4C New Ventures team has created a vibrant network of EIRs that support C4C activities and the efforts of the other EIRs. It is a collaborative environment that includes entrepreneurs, business executives, angel and venture capital investors, attorneys and others. This network is an invaluable resource for UW researchers as they develop their business ideas.

Expectations of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence:  
  • Spin out a company based on UW technology
    • Meet with C4C and teams to identify top priorities and select technology for spin-out.
    • Finalize business plan, business strategy and fundraising plan.
    • Provide marketability/commercialization recommendations.
    • Form and/or help recruit management team.
    • Connect team with management, industry, legal and financing contacts.
    • Work with C4C team to evaluate opportunity and coordinate the allocation of other resources.
  • Refer other candidates and consultants.
  • Attend EIR and New Ventures team meetings (one meeting per week at 10am on Thursdays).
  • Support the C4C mission and work closely with C4C team members.
Compensation and Contract:
  • The EIR works part-time for a six-month term.
  • Compensation will be paid as a stipend of $1,000 per month.The EIR will have access to free parking, work space at C4C and the New Ventures Facility at Fluke Hall, UW libraries and market research databases, business cards and office supplies, and support from interns.
  • The EIR will bear the cost of out-of-pocket expenses such as meals, parking, mileage, etc. (the stipend is designed to cover these expenses)
  • This work arrangement is covered by a contract between the EIR (Contractor) and the UW
  • The EIR agrees to separately execute the EIR Confidentiality Agreement.
Additional Support for EIR-Led Start-ups:  
  • Once the EIR executes an option or license to spin out a UW technology, New Ventures has discretion to extend the contract term and/or increase the monthly stipend.
  • EIR-led start-ups are eligible for priority funding through our Commercialization Gap Fund.
  • EIR-led start-ups are eligible for priority in our incubator, the New Ventures Facility at Fluke Hall.
  • Funding for commercialization-specific activities, such as market research, web design, product design and development, and others, can be provided on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of C4C.
Encouraging and evaluating new innovation disclosures:
  • Assessing new innovations generated by University faculty and researchers for their potential IP and marketability;
  • Recommending whether or not to commercialize innovations.
  • As appropriate, developing plans for effective transfer of technology to industry or a new business venture.
To Apply: If you are looking for your next start-up opportunity, please submit a resume and letter of interest to Patrick Shelby, Director of New Ventures (jpshelby@uw.edu) and Jonathan Balise, Program Assistant (balisej@uw.edu).

New Ventures Mentors


The mission of the New Ventures Mentors program is to prepare potential start-ups based on University of Washington technologies for eventual spin out.

Experienced professionals interested in mentoring early stage projects based on UW technologies are invited to apply. Mentors volunteer their time based on their availability and project needs. It is not uncommon to work 1-3 hours per week with a project team. Mentors help identify and support technologies with commercial promise. Mentors provide UW researchers with real-world insights about the commercialization process and expertise in target markets, product development, and fundraising strategies. The C4C New Ventures team has created a vibrant volunteer network of mentors that support C4C activities and the efforts of the other mentors. It is a collaborative environment that includes entrepreneurs, business executives, angel and venture capital investors, attorneys, and others. This network is an invaluable resource for UW researchers as they develop their business ideas. Expectations of the New Ventures Mentor:  
  • Meet with C4C and teams to identify and evaluate opportunities.
  • Develop commercialization strategy for teams:
    • Meet regularly with teams (inventors, Technology Manager, Patent Agent, intern and others).
    • Help develop business plan, commercialization and go-to-market strategies.
    • Identify appropriate commercialization milestones to guide teams.
    • Provide marketability/commercialization recommendations.
    • Connect team with management, industry, legal and financing contacts.
    • Work with C4C team to evaluate opportunity and coordinate the allocation of other resources.
  • Refer other candidates and consultants.
  • Attend monthly New Ventures Mentors meetings.
  • Support the C4C mission and work closely with C4C team members.
Support for Mentor-Led Start-ups:  
  • New Ventures will provide support to the project when the mentor and New Ventures agree on what is needed. Examples:
    • Marketing reports
    • Targeted marketing studies or customer validation studies
    • Regulatory studies
    • Industrial design of products
  • The Mentor will have access to free parking, work space at C4C and at the New Ventures Facility at Fluke Hall, UW libraries and market research databases, and office supplies, and support from MBA interns.
To Apply: If you are looking for a mentoring opportunity, please submit a resume and letter of interest to Patrick Shelby, Director of New Ventures (jpshelby@uw.edu) and Jonathan Balise, Program Assistant (balisej@uw.edu).

IP Legal Interns/Externs


UW C4C accepts legal interns and externs (“interns”) who seek to learn about protecting and managing the University’s intellectual property. The IP legal interns assist Patent Agents/Attorneys and/or a Copyright/Trademark Manager in evaluating, protecting, and commercializing the University’s intellectual property.

Primary functions:

  • Patent Searches—Search prior art related to UW innovations and provide patent search reports.
  • Patent Prosecution—Provide support to the Patent Agents for prosecution related matters, such as reviewing and/or drafting applications, claim amendments, and Office Action responses, and performing legal research.
  • Copyright/Trademark—Perform a variety of tasks involving UW copyrightable content, including legal research, registrations, copyrightability analysis, drafting permission/licensing agreements, and performing due diligence. Provide support to the procurement and management of C4C project-related marks, including legal research, third party rights analysis, clearance search reports, drafting filings and Office Action responses, and providing general advice to researchers and startup companies on various trademark/branding aspects.

Requirements:

Patent Interns:

  • Technical degree or background in engineering or life sciences
  • Coursework or experience in patent law or prosecution
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to absorb technical details of new technologies
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Copyright/Trademark Interns:

  • Coursework or experience in copyright and trademark law
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
To Apply: Please send a resume, a short statement of interest in the body of the email (including interested position and terms), and an unofficial law school transcript (and undergraduate transcript for patent interns) to Scott Smith.

New Ventures Technology Commercialization Interns


C4C is recruiting graduate students with strong business and marketing skills, and an interest in technology commercialization. Our year-round Technology Commercialization Internship program is a joint project of C4C and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Students may be assigned to work on a specific start-up project, or with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence or a Technology Manager on multiple projects. Students become integral members of C4C start-up teams, conducting market research, developing business plans, and exploring funding potential.

The C4C New Ventures Unit coordinates resources to evolve ideas from initial concept to first-stage start-up financing. Not every innovation should lead to a start-up; sometimes the result of our process is the determination that the best path may be the pursuit of an opportunity to license to an existing company. The goal of New Ventures is to determine the viability of a new company as early as possible so that resources can be focused.

Requirements:

  • MBAs who have completed their first year of coursework, Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate students, or entrepreneurially savvy graduate students (completed core classes or significant relevant experience)
  • Experience/training in market research and analysis
  • Experience/training in business development
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to absorb technical details of new technologies
  • Ability to interact effectively in both the academic and corporate cultures

Primary functions:

  • Market research and competitive analysis to assess commercialization potential:
    • Write a market assessment report identifying target markets
    • Track, follow-up on, and report on marketing contacts, marketing efforts, and feedback
    • Compile descriptions of competitors and their products
  • Prepare non-confidential business opportunity summaries
  • Identify additional applications for the technology
  • Draft a business/strategy plan (or specific elements of a plan)
  • Identify and assist in applying for funding opportunities

Internship Details:

  • These unpaid internships are available year round.
  • Interns may opt to receive academic credit. Internships qualify for 2 credits per quarter as an independent study. This course is graded credit/ no credit only.
  • Expect to spend about 10 hours a week on a combination of meetings, phone calls, and independent research.
  • Interns report to the New Ventures Program Manager and are matched with high-priority projects according to experience and interest.

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to work with C4C’s experienced Technology Managers in identifying and supporting promising new technologies for development and commercialization.
  • Mentorship from C4C’s team of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives who work closely with teams on product and market development as they explore funding opportunities and staffing needs.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with UW’s entrepreneurial researchers across campus.
  • Invitations to entrepreneurial seminars, showcases, and networking events.
  • Letters of recommendation from Technology Managers and Entrepreneurs in Residence.
  • Development of concrete deliverables to add to your resume and/or portfolio.
To Apply: To apply, please submit your interest at http://blogs.uw.edu/nvintern/.