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Author: Noeleen O'Hara

19 Sep

Member in Focus: Shiva Loccisano

Shiva Loccisano is Head of Technology Transfer, Politecnico di Torino, board member for Netval (the Italian National Association of KT professionals) and Netval’s representative on ASTP’s National Association Advisory Council (NAAC). When recently interviewed for the NAAC Newsletter about his commitment to ASTP and the NAAC, Shiva said, "I joined ASTP activities many years ago and immediately felt how important it was to interact, exchange knowledge and also benchmark with international peers.” An ASTP member since 2012, and Netval’s rep on the NAAC Board for the last three years, Shiva described the value of working with ASTP,  “As a Board Member in Netval, I pushed a lot to strengthen our institutional relationship with ASTP, in order to enlarge the number of Italian...
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22 Jul

Daniel Georgiev

Daniel Georgiev co-founded XENO Cell Innovations in 2016 to make diagnostic and bioengineering technologies that compute. XENO BIOLOGIC devices supplant large instrumentation and lab personnel by gathering and processing information in the same sample volume. Daniel received a PhD in Systems and control theory and a MSc in Applied mathematics from the University of Michigan. Following a postdoc in the Klavins Lab, University of Washington, and a brief entrepreneurial sidestep, he founded the first regional synthetic biology laboratory that spawned the 2015 iGEM runner-up team. His research focuses on defining system principles in specific bioengineering contexts....
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18 Jul

2019 Fall Meeting: come join the fun!

ASTP’s Fall Meeting is increasingly becoming one of Europe’s go-to events for KT professionals wishing to develop their knowledge and expand their networks. Held in easy-to-reach Leiden, a short train ride from Schiphol airport, the Netherlands, the Fall Meeting is an intimate workshop-based event concentrating on mutual learning, knowledge sharing, and career development. The programme delivers substantial insights to the most pressing KT issues and offers a platform for all attendees to learn, share and brainstorm with experts and peers from across Europe. From a free Masterclass of Partnership Building to a workshop on Managing Post-Deal Relationships; there are many things for everyone; a junior professional, an office manager or a KT office director. As John Gleeson of the University of Limerick, Ireland said...
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19 Jun


Together with our partners at BioFIT, we have arranged a special discount for ASTP Members to both of these events. In December, Marseille in France shall host the 8th edition of BioFIT. BioFIT has taken on a whole new dimension becoming the meeting point in Europe for tech transfer and for sourcing early-stage innovations stemming from public research institutions, academic spin-offs and emerging biotech companies. Together with big pharma, biotech and diagnostic companies, BioFIT operates as a platform to build partnerships for all public and private actors. BioFIT is also the European marketplace for pre-seed, seed and Series A investment in Life Sciences. To receive your member's discount to these events, contact HQ:
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11 Jun

Advancing the Home Base

Ongoing changes in the scientific and political landscape require facilitators capable of enhancing and translating the impact of research on society. Our aim at ASTP is to improve the quality of the impact that public research has on the economy and society. In the 20 years since the founding of ASTP, the knowledge transfer landscape has evolved and continues to change at a dramatic pace. It is the role of ASTP to offer us, the knowledge transfer professionals, a home base and network across Europe in order to best fulfill our professional roles. Knowledge exchange between our members is core to our values: “for members by members” drives and shapes our momentum. We, therefore, rise to the challenge, offering even...
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7 Jun

UTILE Partnering Summit – 11 July 2019, London

UTILE is pleased to announce the UTILE Industry & Investor Partnering Summit London, where selected UTILE projects will have the opportunity to present to an audience and jury of Industry, Investors and innovation experts while also receiving expert guidance on: Intellectual Property strategies for research result valorisation Partnering and collaborating with industry partners Raising Venture Capital for start-up and growth companies The morning will feature workshops with presentations and interactive discussions on these topics, as well as networking to connect European funded health innovation projects and SMEs with experts from industry, venture capital, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and innovation. The afternoon will feature presentations of UTILE selected project managers and start-up CEOs to a panel of experts from industry, venture capital, IP and innovation who provide...
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6 Jun

4 Reasons to Patent: an interactive guide

ASTP is proud to have been one of the contributors to the 4ip Council's newest digital resource: 4 Reasons to Patent. This practical interactive web guide that aims to help innovative European businesses draw economic and strategic value from their patents.  The guide identifies four key benefits to patenting - market access, negotiating, funding and strategic value - and breaks these down simply into methods for value-creation with clickable case study links, quotes, and facts. “The legalese, the regulations and the sheer hard work involved in generating intellectual property rights can deter even the most ardent entrepreneur but the rewards of IP can be plentiful.  We have developed ‘4 Reasons to Patent’ to help innovative SMEs create, compete and expand,”  said Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director...
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5 Jun


Hana Kosova has been involved in project and funds management and interactions between various types of organisations since her university studies. While still a student of law and linguistics at Charles University, and a freelance translator and interpreter, she joined the Czech-British team of Pre-Accession Funds with the Ministry of Regional Development.  Following her studies, she moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a professional diplomat dealing with EU funding and pre-accession negotiations. After 2004, when the accession process of the Czech Republic to EU finished and the exciting times calmed down,  Hana decided to follow the project management and funding route and accepted a post with United Nations Development Programme and helped to manage the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund which...
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5 Jun

ATTP Hits New Milestone: 500 RTTPs Worldwide!

ATTP (the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professional), this week reached a fantastic milestone of 500 Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP)  from 39 countries. ATTP was formed in March 2010 to: Maintain internationally recognised standards for the knowledge and technology transfer professional.   Award the RTTP designation to knowledge and technology professionals who demonstrate core competency and achievement in the field. Support national associations of KE/KT professionals to raise the caliber of their members through recognised programmes of professional development. Encourage training providers to deliver programs that comply with internationally recognised standards. As one of the founding members of ATTP, ASTP is delighted by the progress made over the last 9 years and congratulates the 500 RTTP for their dedication to their profession...
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28 May

It’s the new ASTP: A World of Knowledge Transfer

Today (22nd May 2019), twenty years after our foundation, we have released an updated brand identity, which includes a new logo, colours, and font. You’ll see the new look anywhere we are out in public, like our website, Facebook, and Twitter; very soon you’ll see it in all our products. We believe the new look better matches what we’ve become since 1999: A World of Knowledge Transfer. This new look is a step forward in shaping ASTP new for the future. In the true spirit of our organisation, where we work constantly with new challenges and drive change, we recognise that we embrace A World of Knowledge Transfer. We do not claim to represent all nations but rather it is a...
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