MUSCP - Life Science Technology Manager - Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization

Medical University of South Carolina | Charleston, SC, United States

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Posted Date 8/27/2022

Entity/Organization:  MUSC Physicians (MUSCP)

Hours per week: 40

Scheduled Work Hours/Shift: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Pay Basis/FLSA:   Salaried / Exempt

The Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization (Zucker Institute) is a key collaborator within the MUSC innovation ecosystem that collectively generates recognition and impact from the enterprise’s innovations across the domains of scholarly research, education, and public health. Established as a 501(c)(3) MUSC affiliated organization, the Zucker Institute’s missions are to evaluate and manage the intellectual property generated by the faculty, staff, and students at MUSC, to lead the commercialization of such intellectual property to ensure it will provide a benefit to the public, and to support and facilitate entrepreneurial and economic development activities that provide opportunities for research funding and elevate MUSC's reputation. This office works closely and collaboratively with leaders from several offices across the MUSC enterprise, including the Office of Innovation, Office of External Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the MUSC Health innovation team, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Office of the General Counsel to achieve its missions.

Job Summary/Purpose: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the Zucker Institute, the Life Science Technology manager is responsible for working with MUSC faculty to identify promising technologies and then leading the effort through intellectual property protection, from early-stage concepts to licensable, proof-of-concept stage products.

Required Minimum Training and Education: Graduate degree in a Life Science, Bioengineering or Biochemical Engineering field. PhD preferred. Strong interest in commercialization of Life Science Technology. Strong competency in developing complex collaborations. Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts clearly and concisely to audiences with and without technical expertise. Demonstrated ability to effectively enable strong collaboration and team work among a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. Exceptionally capable of simultaneously managing multiple projects at different stages in execution. Capacity for thinking both strategically and tactically. Willingness to grow with the organization and participate in professional development training programs.

Required Licensure, Certifications, Registrations: N/A

Job Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Participating in the scientific community at MUSC specifically looking for commercializable technologies. 
  • Developing an outreach plan for the ZI team to promote a culture of innovation.
  • Identifying technologies with potential for clinical benefit and commercial viability.
  • Developing a network of technology development resource pathways, and creating a process to match technologies with the best-fit resource.
  • Coordinating with the intellectual property team as well as commercialization and development teams to evaluate the appropriate commercialization pathway for life science technology.
  • Coordinating with the commercialization team to receive market validation on innovations. Participate in the evaluation and eventual disposition decisions for Intellectual property discoveries.   
  • Preparing cost / benefit proposals concerning potential commercial value of intellectual a property.
  • Coordinating with the VP of Commercialization on deal structure including term sheet development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is home to the oldest medical school in the South as well as the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center, with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. MUSC brought in more than $271 million in biomedical research funds in fiscal year 2020, continuing to lead the state in obtaining National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $129.9 million.

As the clinical health system of MUSC, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safe patient care while training generations of compassionate, competent health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Close to 25,000 care team members provide care for patients at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and 5 additional hospital locations in development, more than 300 telehealth sites and nearly 750 care locations situated in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $4.4 billion. The more than 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.

In 2020, MUSC launched its bold new strategic plan, OneMUSC 2025, with seven goals including “Create a culture of innovation.” To meet its strategic objective, MUSC continues to refine its innovation infrastructure and to invest in new programs and initiatives that incentive innovation and serve to advance the Zucker Institute towards its own goal of becoming a best-in-class commercialization engine for the enterprise.

Physical Requirements: Continuous requirements are to perform job functions while standing, walking and sitting. Ability to bend at the waist, kneel, climb stairs, reach in all directions, fully use both hands and legs, possess good finger dexterity, perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders, reach in all directions. Maintain 20/40 vision corrected, see and recognize objects close at hand and at a distance, work in a latex safe environment and work indoors.  Frequently lift and/or carry objects weighing 20 lbs (+/-) unassisted. Lift from 36” to overhead 15 lbs.  Infrequently work in dusty areas and confined/cramped spaces.

Employment Type
Full time
Healthcare & Public Health | Management | Sciences | Technology

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