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Director of Innovation Program

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Company Name
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chica
Physical Address
225 E Chicago Ave # # 14
Chicago, IL 60611
Job Description

Job LocationsUS-IL-Chicago
Director of Innovation Program

Requisition ID


Position Type
Regular Full-Time



Lurie Children’s Hospital and Manne Children’s Research Institute seek to hire an experienced leader dedicated to making an impact on the health of children world-wide to build a first-in-class pediatric innovation program. The program will be system-wide, embracing research discoveries, medical device concepts, and ideas and tools for transforming care — within the hospital, regionally, and globally. The Director will provide operational, strategic and implementation leadership to the Manne Research Institute/Lurie Children’s Innovation Program. S/he will identify and solicit innovation disclosures and proposals, evaluate their potential impact and feasibility, assemble business cases for development, and secure internal and external resources to advance the innovations. S/he will build and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships within Lurie Children’s Hospital, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Center, Northwestern University’s Innovation and New Ventures (INVO), and with external parties. The Director will manage collaborations, options and license agreements with external parties and participate in organizing new ventures based on the institutions’ innovations. S/he will facilitate, promote and model a leadership philosophy and style consistent with the Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center leadership statement.

  • Conduct a broad outreach and awareness program informing faculty and staff system-wide about the goals and resources of the innovation program.
  • Evaluate innovation disclosures and proposals for potential children’s health impact, institutional benefit, feasibility, scalability, commercial opportunities, intellectual property protection, market potential, and potential clinical return on investment.
  • Create case studies and proposals for innovation development projects, and manage projects once approved.
  • Serve as primary liaison with INVO on invention disclosures, patent prosecution, and selected commercialization activities.
  • Meet with faculty and staff to aid in innovation evaluations and to track progress of continued research and/or development activities related to innovation projects.
  • Present to and receive guidance from the Innovation Program Steering Committee and Innovation Advisory Committee.
  • Participate in team-based review meetings for decisions on patenting and commercialization of inventions and present inventions for review as needed.
  • Create and execute development and marketing plans, including patent protection where appropriate, and commercialization strategies to attract potential collaborators and licensees.
  • Negotiate options, licenses, letters of intent, term sheets, etc.
  • Assist in the formation of start-up companies based on the institutions’ innovations.
  • Establish strong relationships with relevant industry executives, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers in Chicago, the region and beyond.
  • Support the President and Chief Research Officer and COO in developing a business plan for an innovation development fund.
  • Create case studies for innovation development projects.
  • Liaise with Lurie Children’s legal counsel and external patent counsel.
  • Work with other members of the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital and Stanley Manne Research Institute Senior Leadership to achieve the institutions’ overall goals.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Master’s degree in Life Sciences, Business Administration, Law, Public Health, Health Administration or related field required. A terminal degree is preferred.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience which may include a combination of management, marketing, product development, technology development, technology transfer and/or research demonstrating an ability to be entrepreneurial, identify and makke effective contacts with industry resulting in partnerships, collaborations or business relationships is required.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property management and patenting.
  • Knowlesge of the formation of commercialization ventures and intellecutal property issues.
  • In-depth exposure to the academic medical environment, preferably in pediatrics.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with researchers, clinical providers across the care spectrum, and operational staff at all levels.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to analyze issues and formulate and implement action plans.
  • Must be self-directed, with in-depth understanding of the organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills. Ability to lead in a collaborative and facilitative style.
  • Must possess discretion and sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects and work with a sense of urgency when necessary.

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