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Fourth Parallel Session

Track I – Policy sharing for KT
KTO Business Models

Most European universities established their KTOs 15-20 years ago and there is one thing we can say for sure: there is nothing like the successful business model for a KTO.

However, some KTOs are more successful than others: why?

This session shall highlight the concept of several different KTOs and discuss: the pros and cons of centralised units versus decentralised approaches; TTOs with regional responsibility versus working for only one institution; comprehensive offices versus specialised ones.

Three colleagues from very different TTOs will explain what, how and why they do what they do.

Benjamin Soffer, Head of Strategic Corporate Partnerships, King’s College London and Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals, UK

Paul Maguire, Head of Innovation and Enterprise, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Sonja Haesen, Head of VUB Tech Transfer, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

Location: Ballroom 2

Track II – Ownership
Intellectual Property, GDPR and Bioethics

Biotechnological inventions raise various ethical implications for national authorities, granting patent rights, and for universities and research institutions.
When it comes to clinical innovation, TT professionals are confronted with various issues such as management of clinical trials, informed consent, use of genetic data, and the new GPDR regulations.
This session will illustrate the topic with case studies, and share experiences on how to deal with ethical issues in technology transfer.

Christian Stein, CEO, Ascenion GmbH, Germany

Berit Andersen Faber, Legal Advisor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Laura Spinardi, Technology Transfer Office Manager, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Italy

Location: Ballroom 3

Track III – Skills for KTO
University Venture Funds

In 2016 Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin launched a Venture Fund together with the European Investment Fund, Atlantic Bridge, Enterprise Ireland and other partners. The €60m fund is aimed at early stage research-based companies with global potential.

In this session, Trinity College Dublin will unpack how to go about establishing a university venture the fund, the technical details and the aims and early results.

Tom Hockaday, Technology Transfer Innovation, UK

Declan Weldon, Head of Research Commercialisation, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Helen McBreen, Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge, Ireland

Location: Elm & Oak

ASTP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, May 21-23 2019, Dublin