Innovation Manager, Impact Lab

Description

PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international non-profit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Learn more at www.path.org.

PATH Impact Labs build on 40 years of global health innovation knowledge to fast track promising health technology innovations (medical devices, diagnostics, digital health technologies) from development to introduction to scale. PATH has worked on numerous such innovations like the Vaccine Vial Monitor, NIFTY Cup, Uniject, and Sayana Press that have impacted millions of lives across the globe. Current work encompasses drug delivery technologies (e.g. micro-array patches), supply chain innovation (vaccine carriers, drones for supplying remote health centers in Africa), products for maternal and newborn health (e.g. anemia detection, Uterine Balloon Tamponade), formulation technologies (e.g. rapidly dissolving tablets and inserts), and innovative diagnostics (POC diagnostic products, multi-plex test and ultra sensitive malaria tests).

PATH is pursuing a vision to develop a global network of Impact Labs/Innovation Hubs to identify and support innovators and start-ups focused on developing, introducing and scaling up innovation with the potential for significant global health/public health impact.

Creating an enabling ecosystem for innovators to excel is central to the idea of the Impact Lab. This will involve collaborations across a broad range of stakeholders (global foundations and donors, governments, corporations, health systems, academia, NGOs and other accelerators/incubators). PATH will focus broadly on health technology and advance products that are between product development and commercialization phases, also known as the “valley of death” (where most products fail). Greater focus on advancing health technology products (e.g. diagnostics, medical devices and tools, digital health) to commercialization and scale up has the potential for significant global health impact.

PATH is currently recruiting for an Innovation Manager to lead the newly created Impact Lab – Seattle/US. This position will report directly and work closely with the Vice President, Technology Development and Introduction (TDI) to ensure success of the Impact Lab. The Innovation Manager will also serve on the Technology Development and Introduction division leadership team.

The Innovation Manager will lead all aspects of the US-based Impact Lab/Innovation Hub including the development of strategy, business plans, partnerships and funding as well as day-to-day operations. A key role involves serving as the global leader/coordinator across the network of global Impact Labs as they develop. PATH’s first Impact Lab was launched in January 2018 in India as a partnership between PATH, Tata Trusts and the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi.

The position requires exceptional leadership capability combined with passion and experience to develop and operationalize PATH’s Impact Lab activities in the U.S. from the ground-up. It will call on emotional intelligence, creative problem-solving, superior multitasking and organizational abilities, meticulous attention to detail, and strong oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic self-starter with the passion and desire to not only grow within an exciting entrepreneurial environment, but also shape it with their vision and leadership.

Responsibilities

Strategy, Planning and Execution (40%)

•Define/refine strategy, business model, goals and plans for the Impact Lab in collaboration with the VP, Technology Development and other PATH leaders.
•Operationalize the Impact Lab with compelling programs and services to achieve desired outcomes for stakeholders in global health.
•Position the Impact Lab as a center of excellence for fast-tracking innovations with significant public health impact.
•Develop a system for sourcing, identifying and selecting innovative start-ups and technologies based on stakeholder needs.
•Collaborate with external and internal partners to plan and coordinate innovation events (e.g. conferences, workshops, pitch events).
•Develop and implement work plans and management systems that result in effective and efficient programs and projects.
•Develop a system for knowledge management related to Impact Lab activities.

Partnerships and Funding (40%)

•Lead the development of partnerships and funding for the Impact Lab with US-based entities.
•Build the right partnerships and maintain key relationships and collaboration with sponsors/funders/donors, start-up companies, academia, impact investors, corporations, NGOs, and other innovation platforms.
•Bring together and lead a diverse team of professionals inside and outside PATH (e.g. health technologists and scientists, engineering and management, healthcare and commercialization leaders) to achieve the objectives of the Impact Lab.
•Leverage PATH’s strong history and unique experience of being a leader in global health innovation to advance the Impact Lab.

Communications (20%)

•Serve as primary point of contact and relationship manager with key external partners, sponsors and beneficiaries.
•Work with Communications to create compelling communication materials (slide decks, fact sheets, web page, video, etc).
Required Experience

•A minimum of five years of relevant experience in health technology innovation. Some combination of healthcare, technology and business is highly desirable.
•Relevant educational background that may support this body of work (e.g. an undergraduate degree in the areas of technology or healthcare with an advanced degree is desirable – MBA, MPH, Ph.D).
•Demonstrated success in building a new business, program or initiative focused on innovation (e.g. experience at an innovation center or accelerator, founding a start-up company, leading a corporate innovation team, etc).
•Experience in cultivating and driving successful partnerships across a range of private- and public-sector partners to achieve results including industry, academia, private sector, corporations, sponsors/funders/donors, and NGOs.
•Relevant business development experience needed to develop external sponsorship, support and funding for the Impact Lab.
•A “people person,” a natural communicator and connector with strong networking skills, emotional intelligence, sound judgment.
•A self-starter with strong initiative, work ethic, ability to prioritize and execute tasks independently and own results.
•Strong organizational and project management skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
•Agility to flex and adapt to rapidly evolving business conditions and environment.
•Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

Preferred, but not required:
•Experience working with an innovation hub or center, especially focused on health technology.
•Experience with health technology products (medical devices, diagnostics, digital health) is ideal, especially in external facing, commercial or business development roles.

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