The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (the "CZ Biohub”) is a newly formed, well-funded, non-profit, life science research institute located in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California. We are committed to solving some of the world’s biggest problems together: we seek to help cure, prevent or manage all human diseases in our children’s lifetime. We find and invest in the best and brightest scientists and engineers and we seek to create an environment of true and free-flowing collaboration. We provide the best technologies and tools available – and when they don’t exist yet, we build them.
We are recruiting a talented and experienced Lead IP Counsel to lead our intellectual property function, including overseeing the development of our intellectual property portfolio. The successful candidate will have an advanced scientific degree and extensive patent experience in the biotech field. S/he will work closely with CZ Biohub Leadership to guide the Company’s overall intellectual property strategy as well as with CZ Biohub Investigators and Research and Development scientists to identify inventions.
Lead the development and implementation of CZ Biohub’s intellectual property strategy
Oversee the preparation and filing of patent applications by outside patent counsel relating to the work of CZ Biohub Investigators and CZ Biohub’s own research and development
Provide advice and training on IP strategies to CZ Biohub’s scientists and technologists
Identify inventions arising from research and development efforts and provide advice regarding patent landscape and commercialization opportunities
Work closely with the Technology Officers of CZ Biohub’s academic collaboration partners (Stanford, UCSF and Berkeley) regarding IP issues
Advise on and draft agreements (including MTAs, CDAs, collaboration and licensing agreements)
A minimum of 10-15 years of intellectual property experience in the biotechnology field
Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent law relating to biochemistry and biotechnology
Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Prior in-house experience strongly preferred
An advanced science degree is required; PhD preferred
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and collaboratively among cross-functional teams
Excellent client service skills, and ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines and balance competing priorities
Outstanding analytical skills and scientific/technical expertise
This opportunity is full-time only. No contractors, consultancies or recruiters will be considered. CZ Biohub is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
About Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is an independent, non-profit medical research organization.
Our vision is to develop and apply technologies that will enable doctors to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime.
We don’t believe in impossible. We believe in challenging traditional scientific approaches and inventing the future of life science research. We are striving to make life better by facilitating collaboration among the world’s most creative, determined and brilliant people to solve humanity’s biggest problems.
We were founded in 2016 with a gift from Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg. We have also received a generous donation from Reid Hoffman and Michelle Yee. They all share our belief that by combining technology, engineering and human curiosity, we can accelerate life science research.
One of our two “launch projects” is the Infectious Disease Initiative. Unforeseen disease outbreaks, ranging from SARS and Ebola to Zika virus and Dengue highlight the need for faster, smarter responses. Our scientists and engineers will apply the most advanced technologies to support the fight against infectious diseases.
Our second launch projec...t is the Cell Atlas, in which we are helping to build an international collaboration that will map the cell types of the human body. The map will be available to researchers around the world. The Cell Atlas project will help unlock many mysteries of cell biology related to the causes of human disease, potentially leading to new therapies. The technologies that make the Cell Atlas possible are new, and many of them were developed by scientists now leading the CZ Biohub.
In addition to the launch projects, we run the CZ Biohub Investigator Program. The programs funds dozens of renowned scientists, engineers and technologists from UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCSF as they pursue their riskiest and most exciting ideas in the fight to end human disease.