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Author: Noeleen O'Hara

14 Oct


Dr. Jürgen Walkenhorst Head of Technology Transfer University of Vienna - Vienna Dr. Jürgen Walkenhorst studied biology/molecular biology in Osnabrück and Aberdeen (UK). After his diploma thesis at the EMBL in Heidelberg, he worked at Genentech, Inc. (USA). He undertook his PhD-thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen. He joined Cellzome AG (Heidelberg, now part of GSK) as the first employee where he was instrumental in setting up the company and was later responsible for IP-issues. After a stint in the patent department of Baxter AG in Vienna, he changed to technology transfer. At Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH, Vienna, he was managing life science inventions developed at Austrian universities. In 2007 he moved to PROvendis, the central technology transfer agency of the universities of...
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14 Oct

European Commission’s IP Booster: deadline 31 October

The European Commission is funding service to provide specialised, professional IP advice to European Universities and Public Research Organisations. Are you: Generating high-quality research, and eager to improve its impact on the market? Trying to better address IP issues associated with commercialisation? Searching for experts who can help you develop a successful intellectual property strategy? The European Commission’s IP Booster is a free service designed to help you address these challenges. Our carefully selected IP, technology and business strategy experts can examine your research and guide your teams to develop the best intellectual property strategies for your organisation. We can help you: Determine what type and what amount of IP protection you need for your project’s intellectual assets, and whether you need to...
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9 Oct

SSHA SIG Meeting: Beyond Training in SSHA knowledge transfer

The ASTP Special Interest Group for SSHA is a group of ASTP members with a special interest in the topic who meet regularly to interrogate the issues around knowledge transfer in the field of Social Sciences Humanities and the Arts. The next SIG meeting is planned for 6 December 2019 at The Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. The forthcoming meeting will investigate a step-by-step approach to develop knowledge exchange capacities for TTOs and SSHA academics. Knowledge exchange from Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts (SSHA) is a topic of growing relevance, Europe wide. The issue is, that even experienced Technology and Knowledge Transfer Officers are tapping into a new area of their profession. Patents do not play a meaningful role, transfer partners in...
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4 Oct

Elizabeth Nolan

Elizabeth is responsible for the introduction and growth of a managed consultancy service in University College Dublin. ConsultUCD supports UCD academics to engage in consultancy with external clients.  Elizabeth joined UCD in February 2017. ConsultUCD opened in November 2017 and an additional member of staff joined the team in January 2019. Elizabeth is an experienced management consultant who worked for over 15 years in consultancy in Ireland. As a Director with KPMG Elizabeth worked in the Transformation team where she had responsibility for the People & Change business line. During her career, Elizabeth worked with a variety of clients including large Irish and UK banks, life assurance companies and other financial service companies. Elizabeth also held a senior strategic development role with Ireland’s...
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24 Sep

Hynek Kasl

Hynek Kasl is a CTO at XENO Cell Innovations, where he co-leads technical innovation of the synthetic biology line of products, including the development of drug screening platforms and advanced biosensors. Hynek has 8 years of experience in Synthetic Biology and was a founding member of the first Czech iGEM team. Hynek is driven by unexpected solutions provided by his truly interdisciplinary intuition developed through persistent work at the intersection of bioengineering, mathematics, and physics. His approach involves foundational development of ideas using rigorous mathematical analysis backed by experimental evidence....
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23 Sep

Member in Focus 2: Fazilet Vardar-Sukan

Dr. Fazilet Vardar-Sukan represents USIMP, the National Organisation of Turkey, as its Vice-President. She is the Director of SUNUM Nanotechnology Research Center at Sabanci University. She is RTTP, with 20 years of experience as KTO.  She is a pioneer in the field in Turkey and is the holder of 1989 Turkish Scientific and Technological Council Incentive award in Bioengineering. She was the Director of Ege University Technology Transfer Office and Coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network-Izmir and the founding head of the Bioengineering Department at Ege University and was the head of Department between 2000-2017. Her skills and expertise as a technology Transfer professional are internationally recognised, endorsed through her RTTP Certificate and EuKTS Grandfather Certificate. She is also the vice president of...
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19 Sep

Member in Focus 1: 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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