Innovation Quarter, one of the leading innovation districts in the world and part of the Global Institute of Innovation Districts is seeking a national leader to be our new Head of Innovation Quarter Labs (iQ Labs). A comprehensive positon description is available upon request.
Innovation Quarter is a fast-developing mixed-use innovation district located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, with a mission to drive economic growth and build vibrant community. The Innovation Quarter is an enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Health, in collaboration with private developers, the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
As the heart of the region’s innovation ecosystem, the Innovation Quarter is home to more than 90 companies in advanced digital analytics, clinical research, regenerative medicine and more. In addition to the 3,600+ people working here, the Innovation Quarter is home to more than 1,400 degree-seeking students. Five different academic institutions have a presence here along with 1,100 residential units, making this a true “Live, Work, Learn, Play” community.
The role of iQ Labs is to bring together the expertise of our anchor academic institutions like Wake Forest School of Medicine, combining with commercial and consumer-minded partners and leveraging the power of our health system partners to test, refine, scale and rapidly deploy healthtech and other solutions. Facilitating these innovative efforts across the new high-tech corridor will be a key role for iQ Labs going forward.
In appropriate partnership with the Health System innovation and academic innovation team, the Head of iQ Labs will provide faculty, staff, and their departments, with business consulting and strategy to enable them to create new connections and partnerships in the areas of focused Lab & Innovation Sectors such as Population Health and Value-Health Transformation, Healthy Aging, Virtual Health, Personalized Care & Precision Medicine, and Learning & Experiential Systems. With a commitment to a collaboration and alignment, this individual will directly manage these opportunities when required and warranted by the size of the business.
Located 80 miles northeast of Charlotte in Forsyth County (population ≈376,000) and the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, Winston-Salem featured all four seasons, housing costs ≈34% below the national average, vibrant restaurant and cultural scenes and a wide variety of recreational opportunities with easy access to lakes and state parks. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway are a 1-2 hour drive to the north and west, and North Carolina's beaches are close enough to enjoy during long weekends.
Graduate Degree required. Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, PharmD) a plus.
Substantial experience in strategic planning, due diligence, program development, customer relationship management, operations and change management.
Senior leadership and project management experience in healthcare related industries, e.g. health care, life science or healthcare information technology.
Demonstrated success in building new businesses or product lines from concept through growth to profitability.
Previous senior experience in both growth and service delivery to C-level executives
An in-depth knowledge of technology industry and innovative enterprise
Self-driven and growth oriented mindset, able to deliver high productivity
Strong understanding of the healthcare and technology industry trends and directions, and impacts and implications on the healthcare industry