Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Manager

The Genome Analysis Centre
Job Location: 
Norwich, UK
£45,000 - £47,500
Job Description: 

This post will lead the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Programme and report to TGAC’s Director. They will work closely with Members of the Senior Management Team and Group Leaders across TGAC.

TGAC’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function.

We are looking to recruit a graduate preferably from a biological or life sciences background with a MBA/professional business qualification or experience in the biosciences industry to develop further, implement and lead TGAC’s Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation programme.

The successful candidate will have first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges of setting up new commercial operations. They will understand business models and have a proven track record in managing Intellectual Property. It is essential that they have the demonstrable ability to: operate at a senior level; be able to represent TGAC in negotiations with commercial and public sector bodies; and successfully manage and deliver large projects. It is desirable that they have experience of working: in the knowledge transfer arena; with early stage biotech community; and with local and central government agencies/funders.


Educated to degree level (preferably in the biological or life sciences) or equivalent qualifications.

Relevant demonstrable experience with a MBA or professional business/ management qualification or relevant demonstrable experience in the biosciences

Successful funding applications to commercial/business partners/investors.

Higher degree in a relevant discipline.

Background in genomics or bioinformatics science fields.

Successful implementation of spin out companies.

Knowledge of bioinformatics / computational science and perspective on the technological opportunities for growth in these areas.

Understanding of the business models and protection of IP.

Skill to develop new companies to financially and operationally successful businesses.

Skills and knowledge of challenges and processes facing the setup of new commercial operations.

Demonstrated success in large project management and delivery.

Significant experience of relevant business development with experience of setting up new companies from start-up through to a successful business

Proven ability to operate at a senior level and an ability to represent TGAC in negotiations with commercial and public sector bodies.

Experience of working in any of the following: the public-private sector interface; knowledge transfer; early stage biotech community or Development

Management of industrial / academic partnership projects, e.g. projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board or EU or senior team.

Demonstrated business & financial acumen, focusing on the big picture and delivering results. Proven ability to interact with innovators/entrepr. etc

Excellent people skills, exceptional negotiator, effective presenter to different audiences when explaining corporate objectives.

An ability to be an effective networker and ambassador for TGAC to build on existing and create new contacts through which to deliver TGAC objectives.

An ability to rapidly assimilate the multi-faceted nature of TGAC’s activities & to identify the opport. & constraints of operation.

An ability to take an entrepreneurial approach to the role in order to build on current ideas & generate new initiatives to deliver TGAC objectives.

Willingness to be flexible about working hours in order to attend/host appropriate events.

Willingness to travel in UK and abroad and be away from home for short periods.

An ability to fully support the type of research undertaken by the TGAC and the wider NRP.

About Our Organization: 

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

TGAC is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which TGAC contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

TGAC is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

TGAC’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. TGAC has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. TGAC also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.