Memphis Bioworks Foundation and EPIcenter (MBF/EPI) seek an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) with deep experience in commercialization to support innovation teams at a medical technology Proof of Concept Center.

Role & Responsibilities:

You will work closely with innovators in the medical field to assess the commercial viability of scientific discoveries, coach, and advise on marketing, fundraising, and team composition.

In your role, you may expect to rotate among multiple commercialization projects in two primary arenas:

@ MBF/EPI (75%):   The purpose of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR), is to source and vet potential investment targets, coach and mentor entrepreneurs, and work with key community partners to help develop entrepreneurial culture in the region. More specifically, you will:

@ EPIcenter Partners/UTHSC (25%) – This position will support the advancement of the culture of innovation and commercialization in Memphis, Tennessee by expanding the proof-of-concept programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and by connecting innovative medical researchers and their technologies to business and entrepreneurial expertise via a partnership with the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. The UTHSC Proof-of-Concept Center, recently awarded an i6 Challenge Grant under the Regional Innovation Strategies program of the US Department of Commerce, is dedicated to boosting the flow of medical inventions into the commercialization pipeline to create economic growth and bring needed medical solutions to market. In support of this goal the EIR will:


Required Skills/Experience:

The ideal EIR will be a retired or exited entrepreneur or CTO with experience in review and mapping to market of early-stage life science inventions and intellectual property. A seasoned professional, you will have a defined, high-level skill set that reflects in-depth experience, foresight and intuition in the health care and biotech sectors, as well as familiarity with legal and regulatory requirements for developing new products in these fields.

This is a full-time, year-round position located in Memphis, Tenn. While we invite candidates outside of the Memphis region to apply, we are unable to compensate relocation expenses.




We are looking to fill this position immediately. Candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to:

Leslie Smith
President, EPIcenter
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Or send a cover letter and resume by mail to:

Leslie Smith
20 S. Dudley St., Suite 900
Memphis, TN 38103

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