Head of Innovation Strategy, Nucleic Acid Technologies (San Diego, CA)

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The Head of Innovation Strategy, Nucleic Acids Technologies will be responsible to lead and coordinate strategic partnership with key academic centers pioneering in the space of nucleic acid technologies and delivery systems, identify opportunities for improvement in our manufacturing workflows, and develop research plans that could lead to the creation of novel IP. In this role, the Head of Innovation Strategy, Nucleic Acids Technologies will work collaboratively with multiple Business Strategy and R&D leads within the organization to ensure that IP created through the strategic partnerships is properly advanced to new products.Lead and coordinate the Danaher Beacons in Nucleic Acids Technologies, which will focus on strategic partnership with key academic centers
  • Develop an engagement and partnership strategy with innovation hubs, including academic centers, consortiums and incubators
  • In collaboration with the R&D leads in the OpCos and the platform CTOs, development a framework and stand work procedures to successfully identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement and innovation in our manufacturing workflows
  • Cultivate network of external academic KOLs/institutions to access strategic technology/innovative concepts
  • Lead and coordinate the development of research plans in collaboration with our academic collaborators, and define a clear milestone-based execution and funding strategy
  • Work with DHR R&D/scientific leaders to source emerging and necessary capabilities/concepts
  • Work collaboratively with our legal team to develop IP prosecution strategies
  • Act as a liaison between Danaher Operating Companies to coordinate inter-opco innovation strategies in cell therapies
  • Develop Key Performance Indicators and novel metric models to evaluate the success of innovation strategies and return on investment
  • Apply the Danaher Business System to develop and improve standard work around intra- and entrepreneurship

Key Experience:
  • 10+ years of experience in Innovation Strategies/New Concept Creation & Prototyping/Investment/New Venture creation in academia and industry settings
  • Proven experience in translational and clinical research, nucleic acid technologies and delivery systems innovation strategies in the academic and industry setting
  • Proven experience in Program Management and Alliance Management processes for internal and
  • external R&D activities
  • Deep understanding of the Life Sciences industry, with focus on nucleic acid technologies and delivery systems development and manufacturing
  • Proven experience in driving technological due diligence, valuation, and driving licensing deals
  • Proven track record in leading, managing, and training teams and driving innovation initiatives for multiple technologies at various stages of development
  • Organizational and strategic management skills, including ability to drive go/no-go decisions for research projects with academic partners
  • Proven ability to negotiate and executed in/out-licenses and service agreements
  • Outstanding conversational, presentation, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and mobilize people across the organization, and learn quickly and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Has established networks across scientific/biotech/pharma/academic communities and has knowledge of the leading innovation ecosystems
  • Boston &/or San Fransico location prefereed but can be based out of anywhere in the US

  • Advanced degree in Science, Engineering or Medicine (Ph.D. or M.D.); MBA a plus


Varies and can be up to 50%; Candidate required to travel without restrictions domestically and internationally as needed.


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