Director, Office of Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland (US)
The position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.
December 18 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Office of the Director, Office of Extramural Research

Director, Office of Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation


As the principal health research agency of the Federal Government, NIH is a large complex organization with an annual budget of nearly 37.3 billion dollars, of which over 80% is awarded to over 2,500 research institutions. The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides the corporate framework for NIH research administration, ensuring scientific integrity, public accountability, and effective stewardship of the NIH extramural research portfolio. Located in OER, the Office of Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OBEI) is charged with deriving the greatest possible benefit from the NIH basic science and clinical research investment through developing policy, providing business and entrepreneurial training and resources, and developing programs for accelerating the translation of research discoveries and innovations into new diagnostics, devices, therapeutics, and tools -- thus,  enhancing the return on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) investment. The OBEI houses programs that involve partnerships with government agencies and private-sector organizations, and focuses on expanding NIH outreach to non-traditional constituencies, such as angel investors, venture capitalists, technology transfer organizations, and state economic development agencies. 

The OBEI Director exercises broad influence regarding highly complex scientific program and policy issues and provides authoritative leadership such as the following:

  • is responsible for managing the over $1Billion SBIR-STTR set aside program, sets priorities, interprets and establishes effective policies and procedures to facilitate implementation of the SBIR-STTR program;
  • directs mission-critical science administration functions including scientific program management and oversight of the SBIR-STTR program, leads policy development, and coordinates activities to optimize SBIR/STTR reviews;
  • develops educational resources in business development, regulatory planning, and other entrepreneurial areas for the small business and academic communities; leads outreach and educational efforts focused on women and minority-owned small businesses;
  • leads data access and resource integration efforts to ensure that the extramural research community has access to NIH research infrastructure, datasets, training, and other resources;
  • develops and leverages trans-NIH programs and collaborations and public-private partnerships.


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, substantial multidisciplinary scientific expertise in biomedical research and translational technology development, expertise in commercializing a biomedical technology (e.g. therapeutic, diagnostic, device), and be an accomplished visionary and facilitator, experienced in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations and devising successful large-scale projects that involve federal agencies and private organizations.

The position will be filled under a Title 42(f) excepted service appointment. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent). 

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a photocopy of their doctoral degree.  In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a cover letter/narrative statement (no more than two pages) that addresses the required qualifications and interest in the position, and to provide contact details for three references. Application packages must be submitted to Marianna Mertts, Ph.D. at by January 24, 2019.

All information provided by candidates will remain strictly confidential and will not be released outside the search process without a signed release from candidates. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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