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Chief Executive Officer-LifeX Labs

LifeX Labs |  Pittsburgh | Other

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Innovation Institute  Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh  (20004288)
 The University of Pittsburgh launched LifeX to support Pittsburgh and efforts to capture the next economy and rise as a global innovation city. The LifeX platform was developed as a way to enhance the regional growth of early stage life-science companies by leading the development of a supportive environment. Specifically, LifeX is a life science startup accelerator focused on providing early stage companies with the support, resources and ecosystem they need to be successful. Currently, the LifeX platform contains wet and dry lab space, a valuable set of acceleration programming, regional recognition for its convening role and a staff eager to expand its offerings and partners. LifeX is well on its way to impacting the region, and a full-time CEO is needed to oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization while delivering and expanding on its growth trajectory. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall success of LifeX by providing leadership and direction setting for the organization.


Master’s Degree in the Life Sciences or significant relevant experience may be substituted for advanced degree requirement per University guidelines. • Proven executive leadership ability. • Business development experience for early stage technology/research in a corporate or university setting. • A high degree of technical and business expertise, including an understanding of the management of very early stage inventions in the context of corporate partnership development. • Understanding of the research and technology development process and at least ten years related industry experience. • Knowledge of patent law, intellectual property governance and technology transfer processes. • Familiarity of current market conditions and trends for corporate research and partnership agreements. • Proven ability to establish and sustain effective partnerships. • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and fundraising proposal writing. • Ability to actively listen to corporate representatives and faculty with a technical focus, identify areas of common interest, and articulate a compelling case for partnership with the University research enterprise. • Highly motivated professional with solid success at achieving or surpassing ambitious goals and objectives.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets 

Department Details Research universities are important sources of innovation and innovators. Creation and diffusion of inventions from academic centers catalyzes company creation enhancing the regional economy, as well as being a critical driver fueling discoveries forming the basis of new products existing companies bring to market.
Assignment Category Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification Executive.Senior Administrator.Administrator
Campus Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required Master’s
Minimum Experience Level Required 15+ years experience
Work Schedule Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hiring Range TBD Based on qualifications
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter


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Tell us about the team that runs LifeX:

We’re small, which has allowed us to be collaborative and agile. Currently, we’re at five full-time employees, with one part-time executive-in-residence (our seasoned industry experts) —  though we are actively recruiting for more.

We’re all intrinsically motivated people; scrappy, hardworking go-getters. No one ever says, “That’s not my job.” In fact, it’s the opposite, we are always looking for things to fix.

What makes Pittsburgh a fitting location for LifeX?

The University of Pittsburgh ranks fifth in National Institutes of Health funding, but it has needed more focused support in how to commercialize academic research into products that can actually treat patients.

We were founded to be a centralized hub for life sciences resources and support, and a community, so that we can help more entrepreneurs create a path to market. As time goes on and our ecosystem grows, we’ll have a portfolio of companies in Pittsburgh with a significant amount of training in this process.

Our coworking and lab spaces are in the South Side and Lawrenceville neighborhoods, respectively — on the perimeter of Pittsburgh’s Innovation District. 

What are some of the unique features that LifeX offers the greater life sciences community in Pittsburgh?

Our free community events are open to everyone and are a great opportunity to find resources or network with other members of the life sciences scene.

● “Office hours” (a no-cost, 30-minute consult with experienced service providers)

● Weekly breakfasts

● Speaker series featuring industry leaders

● Founders’ Forum for leaders in the life sciences space

● Expert workshops

What is the difference between the accelerator and incubator programs?

The accelerator program is designed for early-stage innovators looking to take a leap from the lab to starting a business. The program hosts a new cohort (8 teams) each spring and runs for three and half months. The programming is very structured, with every team learning from the same curriculum, although there is room to work on individual goals.

The incubator program is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to make a full-time commitment to advancing their startup. Participants set and work toward personalized technical and business milestones through support, mentorship and intensive hands-on training from our team, executives-in-residence and a long list of local life sciences experts and service providers.

How do I apply to be in the incubator program?

Take a look at our website to learn more about the program and fill out a free application.

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