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Author: Chared Verschuur-Ballo

24 Apr

NAAC’s workshop on ‘Capacity building national networks’ highlights best practices

The NAAC - National Association Advisory Committee – held a workshop in Liège, on the 16 and 17 March, with the purpose of discussing how to promote capacity building within national knowledge transfer networks, sharing best practices and identifying key success factors for a sustainable and successful national network. There was a clear diversity of experiences and models within the different participating networks, which include France, United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. There is obviously no “perfect” model, and the participants shared how they are organized, which objectives have been established and what type of services and added value is provided to their members. The discussion was organized along a series of key issues: The structure of each association, including whether...
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23 Apr

Entrepreneurs invited to Eindhoven on 2 June 2016

Would you like to know more about investment readiness in Europe? You are invited to the half-day Stakeholders Seminar “Investment Readiness for European Entrepreneurs and Investors”. The seminar is organized by the European programme InvestHorizon designed to increase investments made in innovative European SMEs through investment readiness development and investor sensitization. The conference will take place at the Conference Center of the High Tech Campus Eindhoven on Thursday, 2 June 2016, starting at 10.00 CET. Read full article here...
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13 Apr

The future of food innovation: Is the Star Trek replicator on its way? What are future trends?

Even if you are not a ‘Trekkie’, perhaps you remember with wonder the ease with which the crew of the starship Enterprise got meals by pressing a few buttons on the ships ‘replicator’, which created food from subatomic particles. Although this vision of the future remains firmly in the domain of scientific fiction, what have been the trends in food innovation since the 1960s, and what will be the realities of the future? Global food production has risen by 170% since 1961 to keep pace with demand from a population that has grown 2.5 fold from 2.9 billion people in 1960 to 7.4 billion people on the planet today. A highly efficient and interconnected global food industry has grown out of...
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13 Apr

What is the role of tech transfer in systems medicine?

The Coordinating Action Systems Medicine (CASyM) is a multidisciplinary European consortium that joined forces to develop an implementation strategy (roadmap) for Systems Medicine. The CASyM roadmap is driven by clinical needs. It aims to identify areas where a systems approach will address clinical questions and solve clinical problems. One of the key components of the strategy is to strengthen innovation activities, through contacts with SMEs, pharma industry, biotech companies but also with Technology Transfer Officers (TTOs). Part of the CASyM project is to perform interviews through a questionnaire related to technology transfer in the specific field of systems medicine to get some written material illustrating the role and importance of TTOs in the field. The results will be included in the CASyM report...
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29 Mar

Become an expert coach for an EU-funded project

InvestHorizon, a project funded by the European Commission, aims to address the main challenges affecting investment readiness in Europe. The project assists start-ups and SMEs by providing investment readiness training. As a part of the project, coaches will provide first line feedback on the investment readiness of companies. The companies will profile themselves, and their business, on the InvestHorizon platform. Their profile will then be reviewed by three coaches. As a coach, you have the opportunity to assist many start-ups to become investment ready with only a small engagement on your part. You will be a participant in a European Commission funded project and will be able to profile yourself as an expert in your field. You will also have access to exciting...
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14 Mar

ASTP-Proton’s onsite visit to the deep end of Cambridge Enterprise on 29 February 2016

The ASTP-Proton onsite visit was held on 29 February 2016 at the Cambridge Enterprise. A bright and cold day at the Hauser Forum in West Cambridge, and a warm welcome from our technology transfer colleagues at Cambridge Enterprise (CE). To see how they work in the Brexit region of Europe was something I had been looking forward to. Our hosts organized an excellent all-day programme that gave a bird’s eye view of their work, structure and results. The amount of bricks-and-mortar investment in and around Cambridge by industry, particularly pharma, IT and Biotech, in the last few years is mind-boggling: Microsoft, Bill Gates, Pfizer, GSK… What is Cambridge doing differently from us in knowledge and technology transfer to...
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14 Mar

Being a recognized technology transfer professional good for credibility and confidence

Dr. Elodie Naveau outlines the advantages of being RTTP. “In the technology transfer profession, we are mostly dependent on public funding and political decisions. As a result, we have the urge to have a high need for stability and durable recognition. Being active for 5 years and having attended multiple training programs, the time was there to submit my application for becoming a RTTP. I earned the required Continued Education credits (for route 1) by combining a three-day ASTP-Proton course, three short masterclasses, and two participations to annual conferences. As achievement overview, I chose an R&D collaboration agreement with a company that I helped put together and negotiate. The purpose of the collaboration was to mature a process...
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14 Mar

Win a scholarship to the annual conference in Copenhagen

Are you attending the ASTP-Proton annual conference for the first time? And are you employed fulltime by an organization that has at least one ASTP-Proton member? Then you are eligible to apply for the Inteum scholarship that can take you to the ASTP-Proton annual conference in Copenhagen for free! Inteum Company, LLC is pleased to announce that they have one scholarship available for those who would like to attend the ASTP-Proton annual conference that will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 25-27 May 2016. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please complete the application below. Please make sure to read through this PDF file carefully before applying. Complete this form and win a scholarship to Copenhagen....
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2 Feb

More than 400 KTOs have participated in the ASTP-Proton Annual Survey on KT activities for fiscal year 2014

On behalf of the ASTP-Proton Survey Committee, we would like to thank all institutions that responded, as well as national associations across Europe who helped in the collection of survey data. Special thanks to the members of the ASTP-Proton National Association Advisory Committee (NAAC), most notably the representatives from RedOTRI (Spain), Netval (Italy), AURIL (UK), Universities Denmark (Denmark), and ITTIG (Ireland). Survey data will now be analysed by the ASTP-Proton Survey Committee and a report will be presented at the upcoming ASTP-Proton Annual Conference in May 2016. The ASTP-Proton Annual Survey, which collects data on knowledge transfer activities at public research organizations across Europe, has been an ongoing effort to monitor quantitative aspects of knowledge transfer in Europe. The survey results are...
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25 Jan

TTOs in need of capacity building support urged to apply

What is this call about? The H2020-funded PROGRESS-TT project aims at building the capacity of up to 30 selected Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and Technology Transfer Funds. Capacity building will take the form of an intensive support programme based on best practice transfer through one-on-one support by selected experts. Selected high-potential applicants will be matched with a Technology Transfer expert who will work with them during a coaching and mentoring intervention in the form of “teaming” or “clustering” projects. This amounts to up to 12 days of support, in a period of 6 to 12 months. This call is an invitation to TTOs who are in need of said capacity building. How can you participate? Interested TTOs and TT Funds must complete our online TT Diagnostic tool  which will...
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