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19 Jan

Entrepreneurship for Physicists

Physicists are very smart people. Still, when it comes to moving their ideas from university to market, they often lack the basic set of know-hows that could help them succeed in the technology transfer process. To fill this gap, Entrepreneurship for Physicists: A Practical Guide to Move Ideas from University to Market offers a concise analysis of the key ingredients that enable entrepreneurs to bring added value to their customers. Author of this “how to” guide, Davide Iannuzzi (PhD, University of Pavia, Italy, 2002; MBA, TIAS Business School, 2015) is a professor in experimental physics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and the Scientific Director of the Demonstrator Lab Amsterdam Physics Research and Innovation Laboratory, in Amsterdam. In parallel to his academic...
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19 Jan

The evolution of tech transfer in Ireland 2006-2016: a practioners perspective

Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation at NovaUCD University College Dublin Author of this blog, Tom Flanagan is Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation at NovaUCD University College Dublin and a member of ASTP-Proton's Professional Development Committee. Despite the downturn in the economy and the slow recovery over the last decade, the Technology Transfer ecosystem in Ireland has flourished. This paper presents what has been learned over the decade that may be beneficial to others who are about to embark on a similar journey. It also hypothesizes on how the ecosystem is likely to continue to evolve into the future. Read the full article here ...
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23 Oct

Innovation is global hence knowledge transfer must also be global

ASTP-Proton President, Henric Rhedin offers you a warm welcome to join us in Guimarães for the 2017 Fall Meeting, 22-24 November.   “Delivering Innovation”, is the title of the ASTP-Proton Fall Meeting in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guimarães in Portugal. As we take our meetings around Europe, this time last year we met in Stockholm,  “At the Top of the World where almost no one has been”, we aim to demonstrate the many faces of knowledge transfer on the continent and the relevance of our organisation to the growing international community. On the face of it, we come from different cultures and work in different conditions, but as the world of work becomes increasingly globalised the benefits of organisations like ours, which...
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13 Sep

Technology transfer is all grown up – From obscurity to sought after career

Kirsten Leute works in technology transfer for Osage University Partners.This blog is published here with her permission. While my colleagues at OUP have recently been outdoing one another on well-researched blogs (here, here, and here), I’ve decided to go the opposite direction and write about some non-data oriented, anecdotal thoughts I’ve had on the technology transfer profession and how it’s changed from a little-known job to an actual career. Around 15 years ago, while I was working at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), the calls started coming in. “Could you tell me how to get into university technology transfer?” “How did you find your job?” My own path in tech transfer, not unlike the experience of many others, was one of serendipity — the right place at the right...
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13 Sep

Destination Leiden – SSAH Training

You can register for the SSHA in Leiden 13-15 December 2017 here ASTP-Proton is excited to welcome you to our beautiful home town of Leiden for the Social Sciences Arts and Humanities Knowledge Transfer training which we are delivering alongside our partners, Auril/Praxis-Unico. Leiden is an extraordinarily beautiful city, small enough to explore during a short visit and home to the Netherlands’ oldest university. In 1575, following the siege of Leiden by the Spanish, William of Orange offered the citizens a choice of gifts: an exemption from tax for ten years or a university. Thankfully the wise people picked the university which now boasts 13 Nobel prize winners and has hosted scientifically influential guest such as Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Niels...
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13 Sep

Changing of the Guard

By Lou Berneman, Managing Director Texelerate — technology transfer consultancy; Founding Partner Osage University Partners; Advisor to HealthCare Royalty Partners As many academic institutions begin a new fiscal year, let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of an era in academic technology transfer (TT). The long and distinguished careers of TT luminaries have come to an end as they retire or transition to less demanding positions. In the past year or so, individuals who personified professionalism and influenced TT to become a career have or soon will move on, including: David Day (Florida) Kathleen Denis (Rockefeller) Carl Gulbrandsen (WARF) Tom Hockaday (Oxford) Kathy Ku (Stanford) Lita Nelsen (MIT) Ken Nisbet (Michigan) The enactment of Bayh-Dole and the emergence of many technology transfer offices (TTOs) in the 1980s and 1990s led...
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30 Jun

Negotiators are Born and Bred

                      By Lou Berneman, Managing Director Texelerate — technology transfer consultancy; Founding Partner Osage University Partners; Advisor to HealthCare Royalty Partners   Our daughter, it seems, emerged from the womb negotiating; our son, not so much. Today, she’s still at it (as are her 3 daughters) and our son has learned when and how to negotiate for what he needs and wants. Becoming a skilled negotiator is achievable, regardless of personality type. Here are 10 Rules my daughter (and the good folks at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation — Getting to Yes — and others) have taught me about effective principled negotiation. Rule 1 — PREPARE AND OPEN POSITIVELY Like a lot in life, showing up prepared is important. A poorly prepared negotiator can only react. It’s OK to see what the...
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15 Jun

What Disruption Actually Is ( and What it’s Not)

From Nick Kalliagkopoulos – Prime Ventures (@kalliagk) Disruption according to the Cambridge dictionary is ‘an interruption in the usual way that a system, process or event works’. In the context of technology, startups and Venture Capital, disruption has become a buzzword that is overused and very often misused. You can constantly read about Product X being ‘disruptive’, or companies and whole industries being ‘disrupted’ on a daily basis. Everyone though has their own understanding and definition of disruption. What many people do not actually know is that there is an entire academic theory, defined and analysed by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School Professor. During the past 2 months I took an online course from HBS on Disruption, called ‘Disruptive Strategy with...
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