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Author: Chared Verschuur-Ballo

17 Jun

Christian Stein hands over ASTP-Proton presidency to Marta Catarino

One of the highlights of every ASTP-Proton Annual Conference is the presidential hand over. This time, it was immediate past President Christian Stein doing the honors. The hand over took place on 26 May at the Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen, a few steps away from the famous Little Mermaid statue. Around 9.30 in the evening at dinner, Marta Catarino, VP Programming and Director of University of Minho’s TecMinho was announced ASTP-Proton President. Immediate past President Christian Stein hands over the famous 'red book' to Marta Catarino. In a statement he sent to the ASTP-Proton Headquarters, immediate past President Stein regarded his ASTP-Proton presidency as “a great honour and a highlight in my life but also an immense responsibility...
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14 Jun

‘Collaboration’, buzzword of Annual Conference 2016

The word 'collaboration' echoed through the halls of the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen during the ASTP-Proton annual conference on 26-27 May 2016. The event, attended by 217 knowledge transfer professionals from 134 institutions, is one of the best attended conferences of ASTP-Proton. Immediate past President Christian Stein opened the event with an important message:   Henrik Jorgen Andersen of Arla Foods, one of the keynote speakers, seconded his message:   All throughout the two-day event, collaboration was the key message from industry partners and keynote speakers:   Hopefully though, collaboration will not only come from industry. Carlsberg’s Anna Haldrup also called on politicians to support knowledge transfer.   Fortunately, the European Commission vowed to support what we do at ASTP-Proton.   New ASTP-Proton President Marta Catarino is delighted about the...
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13 Jun

The Directors Dinner in three courses

This year, the Directors Dinner that is traditionally organized prior to the ASTP-Proton annual conference, was held in Restaurant Cassiopeia, a spacious dining location overlooking the lovely Saint George’s Lake in down town Copenhagen. About 35 directors joined the dinner to discuss business, share news and ideas and, of course, have lots of fun. The dinner was moderated by Steven Tan, VP Finance & External Affairs, who entertained the group on the topic “Re-structuring offices”. This year's Directors Dinner took place in Restaurant Cassiopeia in Copenhagen with ASTP-Proton VP Finance and External Affairs Steven Tan as moderator. The weather in Copenhagen was exceptional and a welcome toast of Kir was offed on the lakeside terrace that was covered...
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8 Jun

Survey results up before summer ends

ASTP-Proton will issue later this summer its first report with the result of the last survey, that collected data for 2014. The survey closed earlier this year and resulted in a great success in terms of respondents. In its previous edition, ASTP-Proton collected 204 respondents. This year, it reached 373, with a participation from 19 member states. This terrific result was possible thanks to the involvement of our technology transfer community in Europe and to the National Associations that reached their members and ensured capillary participation. The next edition will also include data from France and ASTP-Proton will collect data from fall. The 373 TTOs that responded to the Survey represent more than 400 public research institution. Each TTO serves on...
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4 May

European project ENTENTE Knowledge Transfer for Health published white paper

This White Paper summarizes the reflections and discussions during the meetings of the Advisory Board of the EU FP7 project Entente (HEALTH-F1-2012-305128 ), which brought together knowledge transfer professionals from both industry and academia in frank and open discussions on the possibilities and problems of academic knowledge transfer within the field of health. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the knowledge transfer process and the role of the different actors therein. Read the full report here...
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4 May

ASTP-Proton to release Annual Survey Report

The ASTP-Proton report with the results of the annual survey is expected to be presented later this month at the Annual Conference of ASTP-Proton in Copenhagen. Thanks to the efforts of all technology transfer offices in Europe, the Survey Committee managed to receive the survey from 373 respondents. This is an unprecedented success with respect to the survey of 2014, when 207 offices participated to the survey. The report will highlight the results of the data collection in 2015, that refers to year 2014. Such encouraging results were also possible thanks to the national associations that are represented in the NAAC and that generously contributed to collect the results from local TTOs. This year, for the first time, data from UK...
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4 May

Open Accelerator in life sciences launched

Zambon Pharmaceuticals, the Italian leading pharma company, through its Z-Cube Venture branch, has launched the Open Accelerator, an intensive 10-week program for seed investments in the field of life sciences. Participants will have the opportunity to validate their technologies and create a start-up. The selected teams that will have completed the program, will be offered a seed investment for the proof-of-concept of their technology. Areas of interest include: drug delivery systems, wearables, open source prototyping and big data. The call and the rules of participation are available on the website of the initiative at : http://www.z-cube.it/en/opacchome/zc-gcontent/entry/0/1411/3231/open-accelerator.html. Interested participants can apply online on the same page....
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4 May

MITO takes over coordination of European Commission-funded project Progress-TT

Progress-TT, the European Commission-funded capacity building action under H2020, has now changed coordinator, after Pera Consulting decided to pass. MITO Technology, the leading Italian IP management company, is now leading the consortium. Activities are now marching ahead regularly and on May 13, a workshop will take place in Milan and will focus on the topic “Assessing IP and Validating Technologies & Incentivising for Commercialization”. The workshop will be led by Jon Wulff Petersen, CEO, tto a/s, Denmark. The workshop is free for up to 2 participants from TTOs of PROs from Europe with more than 5-year experience. For more information, please click this link. Meanwhile, the TTOs selected out of the first call will start working with a group of selected...
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28 Apr

Europe’s innovation capital award goes to… Amsterdam!

Amsterdam just won the title of Europe’s capital of innovation. On 8 April 2016, the European Commission awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation ("iCapital") 2016 to Amsterdam for its holistic vision of innovation related to four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life. The prize is valued at €950,000, to be used on further boosting innovation. Amsterdam was recognized for its good start-up climate and its sharing economy, as well as the way city officials approach innovation issues. Amsterdam first appointed a chief technology officer in 2014 to help coordinate citywide innovation projects, and its Smart City initiative is an ambitious plan to reinvent public services. ASTP-Proton held its latest Fall Meeting in Amsterdam...
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25 Apr

First European accelerator in nanomedicine welcomes new projects

Last year, the EU-funded consortium ENATRANS (Enabling NAnomedicine TRANSlation) launched the Nanomedicine Translation Advisory Board (TAB), the first European accelerator in Nanomedicine 100% sponsored by European Commission to provide support to ambitious European Nanomedicine projects. The TAB offers a free advisory service to fast-track promising projects to the market, based on the high-level experience of seasoned Pharma/Biotech translation experts. The TAB has already received a total of 23 applications from 10 countries in Europe and EU associated countries. 20 of these projects are being actively supported by the TAB to increase their chances of translation for the benefit of Health worldwide. The Second Call to the TAB is now open to companies, public and private research entities, and other organisations leading Nanomedicine projects...
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