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Author: Chared Verschuur-Ballo

30 Nov

Where are the women entrepreneurs, angels and venture capitalists?

Women remain under-represented in science and business including in the creation and operation of spin-off companies from public research institutions. Whilst a recent study lead by Cassidy Sugimoto at Indiana University reported that women in academia globally are patenting at a higher rate compared to those in industry or as individuals from USPTO filings analysed between 1976 and 20131, this has not fed through to significant increases in the numbers of women founding spin-out companies from Universities. A study of spin-outs created by UK universities published in July 2015 by the Enterprise Research Centre found that just 8.3% of University spin-outs included a woman as a member of the founding team2. Over the last few years, several US universities initiated programmes...
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27 Nov

Deadline extended: submit your KT activities data by 18 January

We invite your knowledge transfer organization to participate in this European survey for financial year 2014. Why participate in this survey? With the accurate benchmarking information that this Europe-wide survey provides, you will be able to influence your institutional, national and European KT funding strategies. How to participate in this survey? We provide two options to submit data: 1. You may fill out the interactive fillable PDF form and send it via email to arlyta.wibowo@astp-proton.eu. This option allows you to revisit the survey anytime anywhere without internet connection. 2. Submit your data online via the SurveyMonkey platform following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASTPProtonsurvey. The online questionnaire should allow you to revisit and add new data or change data that were entered previously, even after you have completed the survey. Note that both the IP...
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23 Nov

Marta Catarino is next ASTP-Proton President

Marta Catarino will serve as ASTP-Proton President from May 2016 - May2017. Technology Transfer Professionals have become a sought-after species. Karl Klingsheim, previous President-elect, was pinched from Trondheim, where he heads the TTO of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and appointed Science and Technology Counsellor to the Embassy of Norway in South Africa. Congratulations and good luck, Karl. In a unanimous vote at the Fall Meeting in Amsterdam last week, Marta Catarino was elected as ASTP-Proton's next President, for the period of May 2016 - May 2017. Marta is the technology transfer and entrepreneurship director at TecMinho, Knowledge Transfer Office of University of Minho, Portugal. Previously to the merger, she was a Board Member at Proton Europe, and has been Vice-President...
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17 Nov

First PROGRESS-TT call to open soon!

PROGRESS-TT, the Horizon 2020 initiative geared towards improving the capacity of public research organisations to convert investment in research into commercial returns through innovation, will launch its first call for Capacity Building for Technology Transfer (CBTT) in mid-December. Through this call, TTOs demonstrating high potential for performance are eligible to receive training, intensive mentoring and coaching support from March 2016. The purpose of the support is to increase the possibility for selected PROs through their TTOs of being better equipped for the commercialisation of their IP. A set of criteria and four critical areas of focus for selection will be announced soon. TTOs eligible for support may apply via the PROGRESS-TT website. A second call will be launched in June 2016. A...
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17 Nov

PROGRESS-TT: Assessing the Performance of TTOs

PROGRESS-TT is developing a tool to assess Technology Transfer Offices [1] (TTOs) performance and potential for increased successes. The “TT Diagnostic” tool will be used by the project to help select applicants wishing to receive capacity building support from PROGRESS-TT. Based on their performance assessment, selected TTO will be proposed a tailor-made programme for capacity building based on PROGRESS-TT’s body of knowledge. Departing from the premise that each TTO is unique and operates in a specific and individual context, the project sought to develop a multi-dimensional analysis tool giving a more nuanced understanding of a specific TTO’s performance. The PROGRESS-TT research team decided to focus on a two-phase strategy for the assessment to be applied. Development of Phase 1 of the diagnostic tool was...
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21 Oct

SSHA group highlights four main valorization issues during Leiden meeting

The SSHA valorization group met at the ASTP-Proton headquarters in Leiden, The Netherlands on 30 September to outline main issues commonly faced in valorization. These concerns will form part of the "SSHA valorization manual" being drafted. Initiated by ASTP-Proton member Christoph Köller, the special interest group on Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) valorization acts as a knowledge sharing platform developing tangible results to share with all ASTP-Proton members. This will better equip them in tackling specific SSHA issues in their daily KTT life. "This 'for and with members' initiative is completely in line with the ASTP-Proton objective of promoting and facilitating a larger involvement of ASTP-Proton members", Board Member Marta Catarino stated during the meeting. Moderated by the initiators of the...
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