Senior Licensing Officer, Health Sciences – The Ohio State University

Please note: this job has already been filled by Gardner Innovation Search Partners.


The Ohio State University is committed to furthering their research, innovation, and commercialization efforts, and they need a strong, diverse, and motivated licensing team to reach these goals. They are hiring a Senior Licensing Officer to join their licensing team.

Ohio State has a breadth and depth that few universities possess.  They strive to make the right connections, by forming mutually-beneficial relationships that positively impact society by advancing innovation, developing talent and driving economic success.

They work closely with inventors, companies, entrepreneurs, investors and other organizations by connecting the right people and resources to fill gaps and solve complex problems. Learn more at   

Offices within the Corporate Engagement Office include: Technology Commercialization, Corporate Business Development, New Ventures, & Economic Development.

FY22 Stats: 

Invention Disclosures: 363
Patents Issued: 332
Deals: 70

Ohio State is one of only a few universities in the U.S. that, in a single location, houses 15 different colleges, including seven health sciences colleges and a college of agriculture.

At Ohio State, you will have all of the tools that are needed—the creative minds, the expertise, the experience and the world-class facilities—to discover innovative solutions to complex problems. 

Ohio State research by the numbers (FY 2021):

  • $1.236 billion: Total research and development (R&D) expenditures
  • $581 million: Federal R&D expenditures

Read more about research at Ohio State:   

Senior Licensing Officer Job Duties

The Senior Licensing Officer is the most senior position among the licensing staff positions. The SLO is responsible for identifying technologies with commercial applications, evaluating the commercial potential of technologies, identifying potential licensees, preparing non-confidential technical information for marketing purposes, developing and implementing specific marketing strategies for each technology, and drafting and negotiating mid- to large-sized license and option agreements. Responsible for performing their own negotiations related to the Intellectual Property (IP), as well as demonstrating valuation and IP mastery. The SLO may sometimes be responsible for mentoring and supporting licensing analysts, licensing associates, licensing managers and student interns. Emphasis on marketing a strategic technology portfolio and performing business development activities to manage a deal pipeline and bring deals to closure.

Read the full Senior Licensing Officer Position Specification here.

Senior Licensing Officer Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and inspiring team member who is committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative, and high performing culture with a varied group of people representing diverse ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds. 

  • Has the ability to work in a complex organization and further the goals and objectives of technology commercialization at The Ohio State University.
  • Is process and metrics oriented and is committed to continuous improvement.
  • Embraces data-driven decision-making.
  • Acts with urgency in all stakeholder interactions.
  • Is self-motivated, an effective verbal and written communicator, has executive presence and demonstrates high emotional intelligence.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Life or Health Sciences and related fields of study or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Experience in therapeutics
  • At least 3 and preferably 5 years of experience in business development.
  • Intermediate knowledge proficiency in licensing and intellectual property principles. Examples include: Intermediate licensing terms, broad fundamentals of intellectual property, intermediate understanding of marketing methods, and intermediate negotiation knowledge.

The salary for this role is $99,000 to $133,000.00 annually, commensurate with experience. This position has flexibility for remote work opportunities.

Ohio State also offers a wide range of benefits for their employees:

Senior Licensing Officer Applicants

Interested in Applying?

The Ohio State University has exclusively retained Gardner Innovation Search Partners to manage this search. Gardner Innovation Search Partners is the top technology transfer recruiter in the world, and is committed to presenting a diverse slate of candidates who possess the skills, expertise, and enthusiasm to thrive in this role.

Interested applicants should send their resume, a non-confidential deal sheet, and any questions to:

Lisa Rooney, Recruiter
(740) 251-7390

Glen Gardner, Recruiter
(614) 354-8400

Tom Sweetman, Recruiter
(614) 563-2389

The Ohio State University and the Office of Innovation and Economic Development value diversity in people and ideas. They are an inclusive, supportive community where their team can comfortably join in or confidently stand out. They treat everyone with dignity, kindness and fairness regardless of origins, views or affiliations. They demonstrate commitment to the ideas of diversity such as fostering diverse viewpoints and perspectives, allowing the team to perform their best work.

Gardner Innovation Search Partners is also fully committed to diversity. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion here:

Due to U.S. export control regulations governing information, technology, and facilities accessed during the performance of this work, applicants must be: (1) U.S. citizens or nationals; (2) permanent residents; (3) asylees or refugees; or (4) individuals otherwise described as “protected individuals” pursuant to Title 8 U.S. Code Section 1324b(a)(3)(b).

OSU will not sponsor applicants for work visas for these positions.