Director, Industry Innovation Programs

Genome British Columbia
Job Location
Vancouver, BC
Job Description

Reporting Structure:
Reports to the CFO and VP Research Programs,
Works closely with the VP, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization

Permanent, full time 

Job Scope:

The Director of Industry Innovation Programs will manage Genome British Columbia’s (Genome BC) Industry Innovation (I2) Program, which is being established as part of the organization's expanded commercialization activities.  I2 is a commercialization fund that can invest in BC based companies with promising life science technologies and a feasible plan for commercialization.  The Director will work with companies, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to help get them prepare for investment.  The Director will also have extensive experience in fund management and will provide mentorship to early stage companies.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and manage the repayable I2 Program to assist companies in advancing the commercialization of innovative technology, products and services;
  • Prepare early-stage company dossiers to support investment decisions relating to the I2 Program, including funding profiles, proof of concept research results, product and market development stages, benefits to British Columbia, pathways to commercialization, milestones etc;
  • Provide on-going advice and assistance to early stage companies to prepare them for being “investment ready”;
  • Develop a relationship with other related funders who can assist companies during their early development and with establishing a new area of business revenue;
  • Negotiate terms of investment contracts with companies;
  • Provide input and implement Genome BC’s IP strategies and policies with respect to the I2 Program;
  • Leverage, as required, other commercialization programs such as IRAP, WD, Ag-West Bio, , etc; and,
  • Understand the commercialization environment for life sciences in British Columbia.

Candidate Profile: 

  • A business, economic development, investment or banking background is required;
  • A proven track record in technology development and commercialization;
  • A bachelor degree (or higher) in economics or business, or a related field;
  • Ideally credentials such as an economic development finance professional, or CFA, or other demonstration of professional dedication to business finance;
  • Proven ability of hands on fund management or corporate finance;
  • At least seven years working in business and commercial investment/lending; and
  • At least five years experience working with small company development and expansion.
How to Apply

Applicants should include a current CV with a cover letter indicating. Please send application in MS Word or PDF via e mail to Application Deadline: August 4th, 2015.

We thank you for your interest in Genome BC. Only those candidates short listed for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

About Our Organization

About Genome British Columbia:

Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $710M in 254 research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as human health, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agri-food, energy, mining, and environment,  the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada.

Genome BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada and more than 300 international public and private co-funding partners.

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