LifeArc’s mission is to unlock the potential of life science research, advancing early scientific discoveries to the point where they can be developed into the next generation of diagnostics, treatments and cures. LifeArc has been bridging gaps between the lab and the patient for more than 25 years, providing scientific know-how, technology transfer expertise and funding to help turn promising early-stage science into medical breakthroughs that transform lives.
LifeArc is committed to spend up to £1.3 billion over the period to 2030 to help deliver new diagnostics, drugs, devices, and digital solutions that transform the ways diseases are treated. With this level of investment, collaboration and a new strategy in place, Intellectual Property continues to be a main pillar to the organisation’s success. Therefore, LifeArc is seeking to recruit a Head of Intellectual Property, who will not only lead and oversee the planning and delivery of LiferArc’s Intellectual Property strategies, but will be managing a diverse range of portfolios, evaluating the translational potential of research portfolios, and protecting and commercialising the IP of LifeArc’s research and advisory functions and those of their academic and medical research charity clients.
Key responsibilites will include:
- Managing, developing and updating strategies and operations for protecting and commercialising the IP of LifeArc’s research, support and advisory functions;
- Leading on providing appropriate support and services which protect and support the commercialisation of IP for academic and medical research charity clients;
- Overseeing the appropriateness of IP approaches which result in negotiating and drafting the IP terms of the full range of agreements;
- Overseeing the administration of LifeArc’s IP resources, including the use of external partners and resources;
- Working closely with the Legal Team in providing input on the drafting of IP related agreements and the updating of related LifeArc templates taking into account legal and best practice developments;
- Leading on ensuring IP services and agreements are in line with regulatory protections and the regulatory approvals processes and with its interaction with intellectual property rights;
- Own strategic responsibility for managing and de-risking the intellectual property portfolio and carrying out high level due diligence;
- Creating powerful and closer partnerships with LifeArc’s functions, including Early Ventures and Translational Challenges, creating alignment with the IP approaches and ensuring the IP strategies support LifeArc’s goals and objectives;
- Working closely with the Technology Transfer team, ensuring IP is supporting and driving the strategy of leading, growing, developing and supporting strategic partnerships.
The successful candidate will enjoy an inspiring work environment, as well as the autonomy to build and shape the IP function and strategies in order to strengthen LifeArc’s commercial success.
The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:
- A university degree in life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or another related area of study;
- Qualification as European, UK or US Patent Attorney;
- Several years of high-level experience as a Patent Attorney in the biopharmaceutical industry, preferably with significant experience of managing IP in the academic environment;
- Consolidated knowledge of European patent law and IP strategy formulation;
- Experience in drafting and negotiating IP provisions in contracts;
- Ability to view IP with a strategic and “IP as a business asset” mind-set by anticipating future business, competitive and legal risks, and seeking creative solutions and opportunities;
- Be driven by measures, KPI’s and targets, support the analysis of the impact of activities to quantify and understand how LifeArc can improve future activity using a monitoring and evaluation framework;
- Qualities of diligence, approachability and confidence in interaction with research and development colleagues and other relevant stakeholders across the business and externally;
- Ability to work independently;
- Strong communication and teamwork skills, communicating short-term targets and long-term goals;
- Ability to manage multiple tasks;
- Excellent skills in English.