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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center is committed to bettering the health and well-being of people who have -- or are at risk of getting -- cancer:

  • Through research in prevention and early detection.
  • By developing new and better treatments.
  • By training the next generation of cancer researchers, physicians and health care providers.


Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) is part of the Office of Research at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS).  As the "front door" to biomedical innovation, FFMI accelerates commercialization of technologies in diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT.  With the ultimate goal of impacting patient health, FFMI supports research at its inception, collaborates with commercial partners, and nurtures a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing faculty, researchers, and students the tools and knowledge necessary to translate an idea into something of impact.


Job Overview:  FFMI and Rogel Cancer Center are seeking a Cancer Center Industry Alliance Manager to serve as a dedicated person focused on Cancer Center Industry Partnerships. This position will facilitate and engage in building industry relationships, conduct business analyses for diverse potential projects and programs across the Rogel Cancer Center, as well as work closely with Cancer Center Research Faculty.  This position will report jointly to FFMI Business Development and the Rogel Cancer Center.


Supervision Received:  Direct day-to-day supervision is received from the Associate Director of Business Development of FFMI, with formal dual reporting to the FFMI Assoc. Director and the Chief Administrator of the Rogel Cancer Center.


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out regular faculty outreach and investigator meetings to stay abreast of UM research activities.
  • Conduct business analyses to determine strategies for partner targeting.
  • Help coordinate and manage academic-industry relationships with internal and external partners having broad and rolling research and technology interests within oncology.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for external inquiries, to include inquiries for basic science, translational science, and clinical trial partnerships.
  • Serve as a facilitator for internal investigators desiring contacts with specific industry partners.
  • Maintain familiarity with Oncology Clinical Trials Support Unit management staffing and structure in order to facilitate rapid communication between industry, investigators, and O-CTSU staff with respect to new trial projects.
  • Support scheduling and hosting corporate visits to campus, with administrative assistance from the Cancer Center and FFMI.
  • Attend relevant translational research and medical innovation conferences to engage new industry stakeholders in partnership discussions.
  • Partner with OTT, ORSP, OGC, and other key campus partners to identify and introduce appropriate technologies and research to partners.
  • Compile record of investigators meetings and research activities/technologies using FFMI’s Zoho Customer Relationship Management tool.
  • When appropriate, coordinate grant proposal development effort for academic-industry partnership opportunities.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with FFMI Associate Director of Business Development for oncology.


Related Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrated business analysis skills.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated teamwork capabilities.
  • Accountable for developing a wide range of assignments such as research projects, proposals, reports, correspondence, articles, and presentations.
  • Maintain knowledge of University faculty and research interests, capabilities and activities, particularly those of the Medical School and related to healthcare.
  • Maintain knowledge of technology, research, and recruiting needs of industry.
  • Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of particular field of specialization to the completion of complex assignments.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree required. Higher level graduate degree a plus.
  • Three+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong organizational, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities for self and others.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to act effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities.
  • Fluency with computer software, esp. Excel for financial analysis and Powerpoint for presentations (spreadsheet, word processing).



Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with industry, especially in oncology.
  • Experience with pre-clinical and/or clinical trial research in oncology.
  • General knowledge of the commercialization process.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.