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Manager, Business Development and Industry Alliances

Date: 14-Aug-2022

Location: Outram Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) is responsible for protecting and commercialising inventions made by Duke-NUS researchers, managing collaborations and relationships with other organisations that may result in new products or services that impact patients and communities, and building an ecosystem of entrepreneurship at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC).

OIE is building a strong industry interface within its Business Development and Industry Alliances (BDIA) function. Through this function, it aims to position Duke-NUS as a partner in translational research and find opportunities for Duke-NUS scientists to commercialise their research. BDIA proactively connects with companies to showcase the research capabilities of Duke-NUS and to position assets for partnering and licensing. In addition, it helps to validate research through collaborations/co-development with partners and develop market intelligence by actively seeking the company’s areas of research interest. 

To support this exciting and fast-growing function, we are seeking a Manager / Assistant Senior Manager who will work closely with the Associate Director of BDIA to assist in various outreach and business development initiatives to grow opportunities for collaboration and commercialisation. The candidate will work extensively with external partners and cross-functionally with internal stakeholders. The responsibilities will include but not limited to the following: -

  • Assist to craft a vibrant and exciting vision for engaging industry interest in Duke-NUS’ internationally recognised research capabilities.
  • Assist to map the operational strategies required to turn vision into reality.
  • Maintain relationships with Duke-NUS Principal Investigators and knowledge of their research capabilities, assets and potential services to industry, and develop tools to communicate these to potential industry partners.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders and potential industry partners such as pharmaceutical companies, investors and entrepreneurs, and develop an individualised understanding of their priorities, business challenges and stakeholders’ partnering or investment interests.
  • Undertake and follow up on business development meetings internally and at networking conferences with potential licensees and investors to introduce them to Duke-NUS’ research capabilities and innovations, and ultimately to achieve industry funding of Duke-NUS research in academic and/or commercial settings. 
  • Assist in creating digital and physical materials with Duke-NUS Communications & Strategic Relations Department to tell the story of innovation at Duke-NUS and SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC.
  • Manage secretariat duties for regular committees and advisory groups organised by BDIA.
  • Support the development and implementation of tools, techniques and processes to support BDIA activities.

Job Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Life Sciences, Marketing/Communications or equivalent with a focus on Science. An advanced degree is not essential but would be advantageous.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in business development or commercialisation in a technology transfer, pharmaceutical or biotech environment.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical drug discovery, clinical research or work experience in an academic research environment would be advantageous. 
  • Have a strong interest in working within the context of a science and technology-rich environment.
  • Possess excellent spoken and written communication skills with strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Able to multi-task and work independently as well as in a team.


We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required. 


In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Outram Campus

Organization: Duke-NUS Medical School

Department : Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Employee Referral Eligible: No

Job requisition ID : 14495