LifeArc has a team of technology transfer professionals dedicated to helping us, and the research organisations we work with, make the most of the innovations that scientists generate. We aim to ensure innovation is protected and developed to its potential.

The ‘tech transfer’ process can be complex and needs people with a diverse range of qualities and skills to guide innovations further along their development pathways. In the life sciences area, skilled technology transfer professionals are highly sought after.

If you have an interest in advancing fundamental science towards patients, LifeArc’s fellowship programmes could be for you. We’ve established two fellowships to help develop skills and knowledge for scientists who are interested in building a career in technology transfer.

The LifeArc-AUTM Fellows programme

We run a one-year technology transfer training fellowship in partnership with AUTM Foundation. This programme equips academic life scientists, at the graduate or post-doctoral level, with the skills and knowledge to transition into careers in technology transfer through a curriculum that combines formal training with networking, mentoring and practical experience in the field.

The deadline for applications to the 2020 programme was July 14, 2019.

For more information on the outline of the programme, please see below.

LifeArc-AUTM Fellows programme

The LifeArc-AUTM Fellows programme is a one-year technology transfer training fellowship that we run in partnership with the AUTM Foundation. The programme equips academic life scientists, at the graduate or post-doctoral level, with the skills and knowledge to transition into careers in technology transfer through a curriculum that combines formal training with networking, mentoring and practical experience in the field. The five alumni from the 2017-18 intake went on to be employed in prominent technology transfer roles.

The application window for 2020 Fellows closed in July 2019.

Fellows are expected to commit to time outside of their current positions and will be sponsored to attend two major AUTM meetings in the US and one in Europe. Where possible, assistance will be provided to secure an eight-week internship in a technology transfer office.

Package of benefits for LifeArc-AUTM Fellows

  • Expert mentor assigned to each participant
  • Two-year AUTM membership
  • Full access to AUTM’s Technology Transfer Training Manual and Webinar Library of 80+ topics
  • Travel, accommodation, and registration to:
    • AUTM Essentials course in Oak Brook, IL – September 8-11. 2019
    • AUTM Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA – March 8-11, 2020
    • European Technology Transfer Conference – either the PraxisAuril or ASTP Proton annual conferences
  • Inclusion in online peer communication forums with current and previous fellows
  • Dedicated program administrator to field questions and troubleshoot
  • Assistance to secure an eight-week internship (optional)

Meet our LifeArc – AUTM Fellowship alumni

“This valuable initiative is recognised at the highest levels of Leadership within the AUTM Association, as evidenced by Anji’s interactions with Steve Susulka, CEO of AUTM, and Rich Chylla, Chairman of AUTM Board. This is a vibrant and mutually beneficial program.”

Chris Yochim, Founding Chair, AUTM Foundation

The Technology Transfer Fellows programme (opens in September / October)

Applications are currently closed

The LifeArc Technology Transfer Fellowship is run in partnership with Imperial Innovations, Queen Mary Innovation and UCL Business (UCLB), the technology transfer offices for Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and University College London respectively.

With competitive entry level salaries provided by LifeArc, the fellowships are designed to provide training and hands-on practical experience in four of London’s leading technology transfer environments.

The participation of four leading life science technology transfer organisations in the training will provide fellows with experience in a broad range of activities, science, technology mix and technology transfer practices.

What skills do you need for tech transfer?

Life sciences technology transfer professionals need to be able to:

  • critically assess biological science
  • understand the complexity of the drug discovery process
  • have a good knowledge of intellectual property management
  • possess good business acumen
  • be able to communicate complex scientific concepts effectively to a range of stakeholders.

It also helps if they understand the academic world as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Contact details

To find out more about our technology transfer fellowship programmes please contact either Anji Miller (AUTM Fellowships) or Georgia Gliki (Technology Transfer Fellowships):

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