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Knowledge Stock Exchange

The Knowledge Stock Exchange (KSE) is divided into three parallel streams:


Learn about companies’ services and tools, to help boost your KTO activity. Does your company service KTO activities? Take part in the Marketplace and present the benefits for your business. To claim your 15 minutes of fame email:


Moderator: Sara Matt-Leubner, Head of Transfercenter University of Innsbruck, Austria
Location: Ballroom 2



NLC – The Healthtech Incubator


Jonas Trinkhaus , Venture Developer, NLC, Netherlands


Too many valuable inventions are not reaching the patients. At NLC we have set out to build ventures with impact and thus improving the quality of life for everybody. Have you been approached by medical doctors or researchers with valuable healthtech inventions, but they lack the time, business knowledge or entrepreneurial experience to drive their innovation forward? It is our mission at NLC to support you to bring their science to life. NLCs unique ecosystem allows to match the best technology with the best people backed by the best capital.

Join our session to learn how NLC can support you.



Research reagents – An underappreciated source of long-term revenue?


Liisa Chisty, Business Development Manager, Ximbio, UKResearch reagents, such as antibodies, mice and cell lines are the cornerstones of basic scientific research and their value can last for decades.Ximbio is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to life science research reagents of all kinds. Tech transfer offices are choosing to work with Ximbio to take advantage of its commercial reach and ability to secure physical material.



Opening up Patent Information in New Ways!


Lisa McDonald-Maier, Head of Patent Information Products and Services User Support, Austria


Patent information is the name we give to the technical information you find in patent documents, plus legal and business-relevant information about them.


The European Patent Office provides patent information via a number of products and services. One of which is Espacenet.


Espacenet is an online database accessible to beginners and experts and is updated daily. It contains data on more than 110 million patent documents from around the world. With its simple search features, Espacenet offers free access to information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.


In summer 2019 Espacenet will see a completely new look and feel. This preview will give participants an overview of the new user interface and new features of this important patent information service.



Introduction to Novel Innovation Platforms and Programmes that Accelerate the Collaboration with Respect to Digital Innovation in Healthcare


Di Zhu, Senior IP Counsel, Philips IP&S, Netherlands

Yavuz Kabuk, Senior IP Counsel, Philips IP&S, Netherlands


Since early 2000, Philips has driven innovations in data science, data analytics, and AI to transform health management and healthcare worldwide. Today, our goal is to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2030 by giving them the opportunity to live healthier lives. In this Knowledge Stock Exchange session, we will demonstrate several innovation platforms/programmes that accelerate the collaboration between Philips and individual inventors/start-ups/SMEs with respect to the digital innovation in healthcare, among others, the SPICE Philips Open Innovation portal, the HealthSuite Insights Marketplace, and Philips Healthworks start-up programme.





European KTOs: Key Metrics


Cécile Cavalade, ASTP Survey Committee, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


This is the first presentation of the main results of ASTP 2019 survey on knowledge transfer (financial year 2017). The ASTP annual survey is based on the largest European dataset so far, and offers valuable insights on knowledge transfer offices, their activities and outputs. Get an inside view of the most accurate metrics on IP protection, commercialisation, research agreements, and company creation from across Europe’s KT Offices.


European IPR HelpdeskSpeaker:

The European IP Helpdesk and its services


Alexander Weir, Senior IP Specialist, IPR Helpdesk, Germany


The European IP Helpdesk is a service funded by the European Commission under the current Horizon 2020 programme that supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and IP assets at an EU level. Offering a broad range of informative material, a Helpline service for direct IP support and on-site and online training, the European IP Helpdesk’s main goal is to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices: from awareness to strategic use and successful exploitation. This strengthening of IP competencies focuses on EU SMEs, participants and candidates in EU-funded projects, and EU innovation stakeholders for an increased translation of IP into the EU innovation ecosystem.


Whether you or your target group need personal support on a specific IP issue, want to be informed about the latest developments in the world of IP and Innovation in Europe, or were interested in a training session on IP – the European IP Helpdesk is the right partner to turn to.

Initiative Sharing
KTOs will present their initiatives or share a dilemma they are facing. Use this opportunity as a source of inspiration or to identify possible partners. Do you want to share your project or idea with the experts from the field of technology transfer? Submit this application to secure a slot.

Initiative Sharing

Moderator: Silke Meyns, Head of Team Patents and Licensing, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Location: Ballroom 3



Impact Licensing as Leverage for Societal Value Creation for Technology Transfer Organisations


Johan Moyersoen, Initiator Impact Licensing Initiative, Belgium


In this presentation we will present the social impact licensing initiative, a co-creative initiative to extent the valorization strategy of technology transfer organizations and to generate impact at scale on the sustainable development goals (=SDG’s). Social impact licensing enables technology transfer organizations to dramatically expand their societal value-creation potential. Societal value-creation refers to the ability of technologies to solve important social and environmental problems without sacrificing economic returns from employing the technology in commercial markets. Social impact licensing is a time-bounded permission granted by a technology holder to bring at preferred rates or reduced costs an IP, a technology, a product or a service to a pre-defined market for societal value creation.


Development, Implementation and Optimization of University’s Branding Policy Experiences, Benefits and Learnings


Sabine Wögrath, Senior IP Manager, University of Innsbruck, Austria


In order to create awareness, acceptance and impact, universities have to build and maintain an outstanding reputation within society as a whole. As part of this effort, every university owns, protects and controls its name, brands, logos and symbols with the understanding that they represent the quality of products and services resulting as a direct or indirect outcome from a high-quality research. In this context, in addition to increasing brand recognition and impact generation, licensing a University’s brand can be a lucrative source of revenue also. Therefore, it would be interesting to share and discuss experiences in how Universities have developed and implemented an active branding policy and how they create value through licensing of their brands.


HealthTech Translational Advisory Board (TAB)


Joana Fernandes, Technology Transfer Officer, University of Minho, Portugal


Patent information is the name we give to the technical information you find in patent documents, plus legal and business-relevant information about them.


The HealthTech TAB is a high-level EC-powered service whose aim is to accelerate HealthTech development and provide the HealthTech European community, both from industry and academia, with the right tools to bring their innovations to patients.
The TAB offers technical and commercial evaluation together with peer support and guidance delivered by seasoned industry experts.


We are aiming to support projects with breakthrough healthtech innovations in therapeutics and diagnostics at any stage of development, being that our idea of Healthtech includes the use of any technology and scientific breakthroughs to develop smarter, safer and more affordable solutions to improve healthcare. New healthtech solutions should have the potential to significantly improve therapeutics and/or diagnostics.


The Italian Research Patent Platform


Shiva Loccisano, Head of Technology Transfer and Industrial Liaison Department (TRIN)| Politecnico di Torino, Italy


Knowledge Share is a joint project involving Politecnico di Torino, Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM) at MISE (Ministry for Economic Development) and Netval.


It is the biggest Italian IP platform, with more than 700 patens from about 50 Universities and Research Centers.


The portal enables to search the patents and to pool them from different sources, in a clear and understandable way, in order to understand what is being produced within public research laboratories which can be translated into industrial innovation.


The website is also a showcase to foster news, events and information about the Universities’ third mission, the technology transfer, and a channel to bring together research groups and companies to enhance the results and to put forward possible partnerships.


Its aim on the long run is to become the “gold standard” of the meeting points for companies all over the world, with the expertise developed by the Italian universities and Research Centers, which can become practical applications, creating at the same time a network of all the stakeholders of the ecosystem.


The Pathway to Entrepreneurship


Nacer Boubenna, Chief of Staff to the CEO Office, Inserm Transfert, Paris


In a context where the licencing business with big companies had move forward to using start-ups as a vehicle to attract financing and interest by investors industry, we started in 2017 at Inserm Transfert what we call the “path to pre-entrepreneurship” (PPE). The PPE aims at helping researchers with their projects that could be transferred into a start-up company, by educating them to the job of entrepreneur. The originality is that we scout the desire of researchers to create a company and involve them in a three steps process that ensure personalised mentorship. We go through all aspects of the entrepreneurship adventure with which the researchers are usually not familiar with, such as the team, HR matters, business vision etc.


As of today, 50 projects were seen in step 1, around 20 have been auditioned in step 2 and 8 to 10 have actually created their spinoff and are mentored by Inserm Transfert.


The Interreg Project Science for Society 2.0.


Fredrik Edman, Lund University, Business Advisor & IPR Expert, Sweden


Lund University together with Aalborg University and Aarhus University in Denmark and the Swedish incubators IDEON and MINC, are partners in the Interreg Project Science for Society 2.0. The project focuses mainly on I) tailoring and testing activities for SSHA to encourage and increase knowledge exchange between academia and society, and II) improving and developing how academia works together with the incubators regarding SSHA projects. In order for the project to be able to develop best-practices, we seek cooperation and knowledge exchange with other universities, incubators and institutes in Europe, who are also are working towards the same goals as we are doing in the Science for Society 2.0 project.

Ecosystem Insights
During these 15-minute slots speakers from diverse parts of the ecosystem shall shed their light on the knowledge transfer spectrum.

Ecosystem Insights

Moderator: Karen Laigaard, Head of Tech Transfer, University of Copenhagen Denmark
Location: Elm & Oak



Valorisation of ERC-funded research in SH: An Analysis


Laura Pontiggia, European Research Council, Belgium

Veronica Beneitez Pinero, European Research Council, Belgium


The ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme is open to all ERC grant holders and offers them further financing (up to 150.000€) to verify the potential of translating the research results from their original grants into commercially and/or socially valuable products. Applications to ERC PoC originating in projects within the Social Sciences and Humanities (SH) domain perform considerably worse than proposals originating in the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE) and Life Sciences (LS) domain, both in terms of total applications and in terms of their success rate. The analysis presented seeks to shed light on these variations.


ERC Virtual Venture Fair: A Platform where ERC-funded Ventures Meet Investors


Laura Pontiggia, Policy Adviser, European Research Council, Belgium


The ERC Virtual Venture Fair is a virtual deal room offered to ventures (both start-ups and IP owners) linked to Proof of Concept grantees funded by the European Research Council (ERC). It is a digital platform where they can share information with investor networks, funds, angel investors, accelerators and incubators and other organisations. For investors this is a great system to manage the deal-flow. They could quickly browse through numerous possible deals, going through first pitch deck and prepare their first interest.


The platform aims at facilitating the transfer of knowledge from the labs of some of the best researchers in Europe to create socio-economical value. ERC Virtual Venture Fair uses the Startup Includer system.


ASPECT: A Global Network of Excellence in Social Sciences KEC


Britta C Wyatt, Managing Consultant, Oxentia Ltd, UK


ASPECT (A Social Sciences Platform for Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Transformation) is led by a consortium of 7 UK universities (the LSE and the universities of Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Sussex, Cardiff and Glasgow), who have received £5m in funding to create a global network of excellence in social sciences. The aim is to provide a platform to bring together HEI, public, and private sector organisations to identify and share best practice in social sciences KEC. We are keen to grow this network to 30 members from across the globe within the next 3 years. This session will share the plans and vision for the consortium, in particular, the opportunities for others to join and partner in this vision.


Current and Prospect Tools to Financially Support the Spin-out Process from Research Organisations, funded by the EIF Investment


Jerome Samson, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg


Over the past few years, EIF has invested €100 to 200 million per year in tech transfer funds attached to research organisations and ecosystems. While this activity is being reinforced, EIF is also preparing new tools with the aim of enhancing the availability of adequate funding for highly innovative projects across Europe.


4 Reasons to Patent


Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council EU, Belgium


This session will address why and how you can strategically leverage your patents and IPRs in general, exploring, with examples, their impact on market access, negotiating, funding and strategic value.


LifeArc AUTM Fellowship


Eleftheria Ledaki, Commercialisation Executive, Queen Mary Innovation, UK

Isabel Ramos, Business Manager Translation Team, Francis Crick Institute, UK

Maithili Shroff, MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, University of Dundee, UK


Translating technologies into products that impact patients can be complex and demands people with a diverse range of qualities and skills to guide innovations further along their development pathways. In the life sciences area, skilled technology transfer professionals are highly sought after. The LifeArc AUTM Technology Transfer Training Fellowship has been established to help develop the skills and knowledge for scientists who are interested in building a career in technology transfer.


During this session, the LifeArc AUTM Technology Transfer Fellows will briefly provide insight of their transition from the laboratory to becoming technology transfer professionals.

ASTP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, May 21-23 2019, Dublin