IP & Licensing Manager

IP and Licensing Manager

Leiden, The Netherlands

14 February, 2018

Company description

Ncardia is an established, rapidly growing, globally operating stem cell drug discovery & development company. At Ncardia we believe that stem technology will help to get better medicines to patients faster. The goal of the company is to be the supportive and trusted partner for scientists operating in the hiPSC drug discovery and development space, in particular for cardiovascular and neurological safety and efficacy studies.

Ncardia develops, produces and commercializes highly predictive human cardiovascular and neurological cellular assay systems for safety and efficacy testing. In addition, Ncardia develops and provides its customers with a broad portfolio of cardiovascular services from disease modeling to drug efficacy screening.

Ncardia has an R&D department in Leiden (The Netherlands), a sales department in Cologne (Germany) and manufacturing facilities in Gosselies (Belgium) and Cologne (Germany). We are an enthusiastic, skilled and committed international team wherein everyone has the opportunity to make a decisive contribution. For more information, please visit our website www.ncardia.com.

Ncardia has a patent portfolio covering its cell technology and applications in drug discovery and development.

Job description

As Ncardia continues to place considerable emphasis on protecting its proprietary technologies and products Ncardia is now seeking to appoint an intellectual property and licensing manager. Working within Ncardia’s team, the successful candidate will assume responsibility for all aspects of IP related duties arising from Ncardia’s projects and report directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

The IP and Licensing Manager will, through interactions with Ncardia’s management and outside counsels, coordinate the global patent prosecution, aid in drafting new applications, continuations and divisional applications. Tasks include organizing Patent landscaping and performing FTO analyses.

The IP and Licensing Manager will provide advice to R&D project teams on a regular basis and assess scientific data prior to public disclosures providing patentability and infringement opinions. The successful candidate will establish, negotiate and provide counseling on all IP aspects on a wide range of transactional matters: joint R&D agreements, in- and out-licensing activities and confidentiality agreements.

Specific duties and responsibilities

  • Directs external patent attorneys and agents in the preparation, filing and prosecution of international patent application
  • Evaluates inventions for intellectual property potential and works closely with IP counsel to file for appropriate IP protection, i.e., patent applications, copyrights, trademarks, etc
  • Perform competitive- and freedom-to-operate analysis of patent and commercial product landscapes 
  • Perform IP due diligence activities with respect to third party licensing and acquisition projects 
  • Participate in R&D project review meetings as IP subject matter expert
  • Participate in patent licensing activities
  • Provides oversight and management of the IP budget
  • Maintains a flawless digital filing system


The successful candidate is likely to fulfill the following profile:

  • A Masters degree in: biomedical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry or a related subject
  • An interest in legal matters
  • A talent for languages (English is essential).
  • At least 3-5 years experience in a patent firm, technology transfer office or in-house IP position
  • Being a qualified European patent attorney is not a strict requirement for the position, but would be highly advantageous

General skills

  • Excellent knowledge of English, both written and verbal. German language skills are an asset.
  • Result orientated, accurate, precise and reliable
  • Highly motivated, pro-active, autonomous and flexible
  • Strong organization, planning and analytical skills
  • Good communication skills and team-player

Job location

Leiden, The Netherlands

Working hours

The position can be performed part time – eg 60%

Start date



Please send a detailed motivation letter outlining your suitability for this position as well as a résumé / CV to careers@ncardia.com