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Join us to translate groundbreaking scientific research and inventions into business opportunities! 

Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd (HIS) is a fully owned subsidiary of the University of Helsinki Funds and responsible for evaluation, protection and commercialisation of inventions arising from the University of Helsinki. We handle over 120 invention disclosures annually, maintain and develop a multidisciplinary patent portfolio and help researchers commercialising their ideas and inventions for the benefit of the world. We are now hiring people for 6 new inspiring positions - check them below!

The opportunity is for a senior level, entrepreneurial and independent commercialisation enthusiast with in depth understanding of the drug discovery process, development of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, and a proven ability to productize, protect and commercialise early phase life science assets.

Business Development Director will help us unlock the economic and societal impacts of biomedical, clinical and pharmaceutical research carried out at the University of Helsinki as well as in the interface of the University and Helsinki University Hospital. We are passionate about science and commercialisation and hope that you are too!

Within this role you will:

  • Actively build relationships to researchers of the University of Helsinki and act at the interface to HUS to identify and evaluate inventions and business opportunities and coach therapeutic discovery and development ideas towards commercialisable assets.
  • Have both strategic and operational hands-on approach to plan and support the progression of Business Finland funded projects aiming to commercialise assets coming from the University of Helsinki research in life sciences in general, and drug discovery in specific.
  • Have an independent role in managing and performing commercialisation activities ranging from IPR potential assessment to therapeutic development strategies and plans, regulatory roadmaps, business model creation, and from licensing negotiations with biotech and pharmaceutical industry to supporting spin-out company creation.
  • Develop and actively manage relationships to existing and new stakeholders at international level.
  • Communicate effectively with University of Helsinki academics and senior administrative staff to deliver HIS’ corporate message.

The successful candidate must have at least 5 years of industrial experience in drug discovery activities as well as a proven track record in business development in pharmaceuticals, experience from startups/SMEs as a founder or other key person, or relevant background from the investor side of pharma/ biotech business, plus a good first degree in the life sciences. A PhD or MD/PhD is desirable.

Excellent digital content creation, communication and negotiation skills are essential, as your work requires fluent and effective communication with your peers at HIS, the University of Helsinki researchers, partner organisations, licensees, investors and other stakeholders. 

The director we seek is comfortable presenting in front of different audiences and has excellent English oral and written skills. The person we are looking for is co-operative, highly motivated, energetic and a master of time and project management. Additionally, we wish that you are hungry for continuous development and eager to help improve the commercialisation processes and skills at HIS and the University of Helsinki.  

The position is full time and available immediately when a suitable candidate is found. We will start interviewing suitable candidates on a rolling basis, so please send your application promptly. 

For more information, please contact Milla Koistinaho, COO at HIS at milla.koistinaho@helsinki.fi to set up a phone call to discuss.

To apply, please submit your application with a CV and a salary request by 30 September 2021 to his-recruitment@helsinki.fi

You will become a member of HIS team representing diverse scientific, intellectual property, business development and entrepreneurial backgrounds. 

We are passionate about science and commercialisation and hope that you are too!

Your duties will consist of:

  • Participation in legal processing of the invention disclosures: receiving, archiving and preparing notices and other documentation in accordance with the University Inventions Act.
  • Maintenance and development of patent and invention disclosure database and reporting documentation.
  • Monitoring filing and communication deadlines.
  • Providing administrative support in e.g. drafting documents and execution of agreements.
  • Handling of patent application filing and patent prosecution related formalities and documentation.
  • Assisting in invoicing and other financial matters.
  • Communicating with researchers of University of Helsinki in IPR and inventions related matters.

We expect a minimum Bachelor level education in a suitable field and some experience in intellectual property rights (preferably patents). Candidates working towards a relevant degree will also be considered. A successful candidate will be self-motivated, energetic and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Your work requires fluent and effective communication with your peers at HIS, the University of Helsinki researchers, partner organisations and other stakeholders. You should have excellent English and Finnish skills, both oral and written.

We value a sense of responsibility, positive attitude and attention to detail. The position is permanent, full time and available immediately when a suitable candidate is found. We will start interviewing suitable candidates on a rolling basis, so please send your application promptly. 

For more information, please contact IP and Contracts Director Pia Anttinen at pia.anttinen@helsinki.fi  to set up a phone call to discuss. 

To apply, please submit your application with a CV and a salary request by 30 September 2021 to his-recruitment@helsinki.fi

The opportunities are for dynamic, experienced, and independent commercialisation enthusiasts who want to work closely with University of Helsinki researchers in the fields of:

  • Biomedical and Life Sciences (2 open positions)
  • Food Sciences
  • Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence

You will become a member of HIS team representing diverse scientific, intellectual property, business development and entrepreneurial backgrounds. 

Business Development Manager will help us unlock the economic and societal impacts of research carried out at the University of Helsinki. We are passionate about science and commercialisation and hope that you are too!

Within this role you will:

  • Liaise with researchers of the University of Helsinki to identify and evaluate inventions and business opportunities.
  • Have both strategic and operational hands-on approach to plan and support the progression of Business Finland funded projects aiming to commercialise assets coming from the University of Helsinki research in the applicable field.
  • Have an independent role in managing and performing commercialisation activities ranging from IPR assessment to business model creation, and from licensing negotiations to supporting spin-out company creation.
  • Develop and actively manage relationships to existing and new stakeholders at international level.

We are seeking persons with academic degrees (MSc or PhD/DSc) with relevant research background or alternatively expertise in intellectual property rights or economics and business administration in the applicable field. Prior startup or industrial experience is considered a plus. Successful candidates must be commercially driven, possess excellent digital content creation skills, and be able to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Your work requires fluent and effective communication with your peers at HIS, the University of Helsinki researchers, partner organisations, investors and other stakeholders. 

The managers we seek are comfortable presenting in front of different audiences and have excellent English oral and written skills. The people we are looking for are co-operative, highly motivated, energetic and a masters of time and project management. Additionally, we wish that you are hungry for continuous development and eager to help improve the commercialisation processes and skills at HIS and the University of Helsinki.  

The positions are full time and available immediately when a suitable candidate is found. We will start interviewing suitable candidates on a rolling basis, so please send your application promptly. Please also mention to which field do you wish to apply.

For more information, please contact Milla Koistinaho, COO at HIS at milla.koistinaho@helsinki.fi to set up a phone call to discuss. 

To apply, please submit your application with a CV and a salary request by 30 September 2021 to his-recruitment@helsinki.fi