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27 Jun

Mixing Business and Research: A Recipe for a More Competitive Proposal?

Bruno Woeran is EU-Affairs Manager Research Funding and Innovation Net- works for Merinova Technology Center, Energy-Cluster Vaasa, Finland. He is President of and Board Member for, Bruno is active in NCURA’s international region and is involved in Knowledge Transfer and Education with several networks, supports European Qualification Framework (EQF) qualification efforts and is a ferocious cook. He can be reached at What’s wrong with spicing up that basic research menu? Add a pinch of business ingredients, sprinkle some knowledge exchange and a dash of IP rights. Spin, incubate, and voila: A deliciously rounded proposal is served which improves chances for success. Implementing processes and structures to make this happen has to be put early on the shopping...
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21 Jun

Great success for the 1st UTILE Business and Innovation Workshop

 UTILE project gathered in Sofia promising health and life science projects funded under FP7 and Horizon 2020 to valorise their research results. BRUSSELS, June 22, 2018 – UTILE Project, funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Funding Programme, organised its 1st Business and Innovation Workshop in Sofia, 15 June. The workshop gathered 9 promising health and life science projects funded under FP7 and Horizon 2020 and 4 start-ups to offer them valorisation support for their research results. The workshop focused on IP and IP management, access to finance and licensing and commercialisation of innovative products. The training was led by acknowledged experts specialized in IPR, funding opportunities and licensing. Valorisation of research results for ended health-related EC-funded projects UTILE project aims to carry...
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20 Jun

International Competition for Science Start-ups: deadline extended

Deadline extended until 27th July 2018 If you are a scientific entrepreneur with an outstanding start-up company based on scientific research, a university or research institution looking to showcase your most promising academic spin-off:  then Falling Walls has the perfect platform for you. Falling Walls Venture is a global platform for the next generation of outstanding science based start-ups. They are giving a stage to pioneering scientist-entrepreneurs who open up new ways to tackle today’s most pressing challenges. Join in the celebration of vast entrepreneurial potential in science and apply now! Nominated by renowned universities and research institutions, 20 start-ups pitch their business models in front of a high-calibre jury and audience. The winner, the “Falling Walls Science Start-up of the Year”, gets the chance...
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18 Jun

Scholarships Available for Life Science Postgrads

This year, The AUTM Foundation and LifeArc have designed a scholarship to provide promising Life Science postgraduates with the latest technology transfer training and support for a career as a technology transfer professional. Targeting candidates with little or no direct work experience in TTOs, the scholarships offer selected fellows prime academic resources, intellectual mentoring and practical experience to assist new blood to become technology transfer professionals of the future. Successful applicants of the fellowships will be assigned an experienced technology transfer mentor and will be entitled to a one-year free membership of AUTM, granting you free access to the organisation’s Technology Transfer Practice Manual and over 90 webinars. On top of that, the comprehensive Training Program will take care of your...
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22 Jan

Reasons to back us – Sponsorship special

As we approach our 2018 Annual Conference we are asking a variety of established sponsors to unpack their reasons for investing in ASTP-Proton events. First in the line is Ascenion GmbH, the technology transfer partner of leading life science-institutes of the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations and university clinics. Why do you sponsor ASTP-Proton? As we are a technology transfer company ourselves and find it very important to have a European TT association which fosters knowledge exchange between top TT organisations like such as with Oxford Innovation, KU Leuven TTO or Max-Planck-Innovation. It’s essential to get access to benchmarking, best practice and to learn from each other. Thus, we not only support ASTP-Proton by having an active part in the network but also in financial...
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22 Jan

“Mandatory reading for the entrepreneurial scientist.”

Physicists are very smart people. Still, when it comes to moving their ideas from university to market, they often lack the basic set of know-hows that could help them succeed in the technology transfer process. To fill this gap, Entrepreneurship for Physicists: A Practical Guide to Move Ideas from University to Market offers a concise analysis of the key ingredients that enable entrepreneurs to bring added value to their customers. Author of this “how to” guide, Davide Iannuzzi (PhD, University of Pavia, Italy, 2002; MBA, TIAS Business School, 2015) is a professor in experimental physics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and the Scientific Director of the Demonstrator Lab Amsterdam Physics Research and Innovation Laboratory, in Amsterdam. In parallel to his academic...
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19 Jan

The evolution of Tech transfer in Ireland 2006-2016: a practioners perspective

Author of this blog, Tom Flanagan is Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation at NovaUCD University College Dublin and a member of ASTP-Proton's Professional Development Committee. Despite the downturn in the economy and the slow recovery over the last decade, the Technology Transfer ecosystem in Ireland has flourished. This paper presents what has been learned over the decade that may be beneficial to others who are about to embark on a similar journey. It also hypothesizes on how the ecosystem is likely to continue to evolve into the future. Read the full article here...
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5 Jul

ASTP-Proton training opened up a whole new network of people I can call on

                The mission statement of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) states: “RTTP status recognises the accomplishments, roles, skills, knowledge, and deal-making expertise of technology transfer professionals.” This is just one example of the advantages you gain when you take part in ASTP-Proton training courses. This September we are have organised three great training courses in The Hague: Fundamentals of Technology Transfer, Organising your KTO for Growth and Success and Research and Development Collaboration, open to anyone wishing to further their career in technology transfer. To find out the value of ASTP-Proton training we chatted to recent graduate, Tom Withnell. Tom has been a Technology Transfer Manager at the University of Vienna for just under two and half years. A Cambridge University-educated...
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30 Jun

Negotiators are Born and Bred

                      By Lou Berneman, Managing Director Texelerate — technology transfer consultancy; Founding Partner Osage University Partners; Advisor to HealthCare Royalty Partners   Our daughter, it seems, emerged from the womb negotiating; our son, not so much. Today, she’s still at it (as are her 3 daughters) and our son has learned when and how to negotiate for what he needs and wants. Becoming a skilled negotiator is achievable, regardless of personality type. Here are 10 Rules my daughter (and the good folks at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation — Getting to Yes — and others) have taught me about effective principled negotiation. Rule 1 — PREPARE AND OPEN POSITIVELY Like a lot in life, showing up prepared is important. A poorly prepared negotiator can only react. It’s OK to see what the...
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15 Jun

What Disruption Actually Is ( and What it’s Not)

From Nick Kalliagkopoulos – Prime Ventures (@kalliagk) Disruption according to the Cambridge dictionary is ‘an interruption in the usual way that a system, process or event works’. In the context of technology, startups and Venture Capital, disruption has become a buzzword that is overused and very often misused. You can constantly read about Product X being ‘disruptive’, or companies and whole industries being ‘disrupted’ on a daily basis. Everyone though has their own understanding and definition of disruption. What many people do not actually know is that there is an entire academic theory, defined and analysed by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School Professor. During the past 2 months I took an online course from HBS on Disruption, called ‘Disruptive Strategy with...
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