Commercialisation Director - Life Sciences

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Join Australia's leading university commercialisation company

Apply your experience from technology transfer or biopharma industry

Drive the translation of quality intellectual property into global impact

Are you UniQuest’s next dealmaker?

  • Do you have disease biology or drug discovery experience gained from time as a researcher or from industry experience?
  • Do you have a passion for doing deals that solve industry problems?
  • Are you looking to thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment?

UniQuest is Australia’s leading university commercialisation company.  We partner with researchers at The University of Queensland (UQ) to create impact through the commercialisation of UQ’s intellectual property. Our track record includes the licensing of Australia’s blockbuster vaccine Gardasil®, and the acquisitions of our start-up companies Spinifex and Inflazome for two of the highest value exits for Australian biotech start-ups from University research.

Join UniQuest as a Commercialisation Director in the Life Sciences team, and you will:

  • Build strong relationships with world-renowned researchers from a university ranked in the world’s top 50
  • Identify and champion new technologies with the potential to create commercially valuable intellectual property
  • Manage IP and negotiate legal contracts within a supported and proven framework;
  • Lead business development activities and pitch to global biopharma, national companies and venture capital firms; and
  • Manage a strong pipeline of projects to generate deal flow for UniQuest to meet its strategic objectives.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and comfortable working in a dynamic environment, where the opportunities are yours to create. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join Australia’s leading university commercialisation company in a role that is dynamic with career and company growth potential.

UniQuest is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a great working environment, excellent benefits including salary packaging, and the opportunity to learn and benefit from your industry-experienced colleagues.

The role is based at UniQuest’s offices on The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The Company

UniQuest is the commercialisation company of The University of Queensland (UQ).  We partner with researchers to create impact through the commercialisation of UQ’s intellectual property (IP). Since 1984, UniQuest has facilitated more than 125 start-up companies built on UQ IP – a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university. These companies have gone on to raise more than A$950 million to take UQ technologies to market.   UniQuest’s track record across all industry sectors includes the start-up company, PERKii®, the world’s first non-fermented, low-calorie drink containing microencapsulated probiotics, the blockbuster HPV vaccine Gardasil® and start-up companies Spinifex Pharmaceuticals and Inflazome, which were acquired in two of the highest value university start-up exits in Australian history. Products containing UQ IP licensed by UniQuest have generated gross product sales of more than A$50 billion to date, significantly contributing to global impact.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities and is recognised among the world’s top universities in agriculture and food science, ranking 2nd worldwide and 1st in Australia for agriculture in the NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities and 13th worldwide and 1st in Australia for food science and technology, according to Shanghai Ranking’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.  More than 56,000 current students study at UQ, which has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.  UQ’s research has global impact, delivered by an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 researchers across our six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres.

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Please send your CV and deal sheet (no more than four pages combined) to:

Applications close COB Friday, 19 August 2022