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Plenary Session
Plenary Session

25 May 2018

09:00 - 10:30

Plenary Session

  09:00 - 10:30

The Future’s Bright: the year ahead for ASTP-Proton

As the association approaches its 20th year, President Henric Rhedin will shine a light on the future ambitions of ASTP-Proton and outline the opportunities for the conference community to help build a resilient and flexible champion for the benefit of the association, the sector and society as a whole.

Plenary Panel: Proof of Concept Funding for Innovations

Today, proof of concept (POC) is a key deliverable when seeking an industrial partner to develop a technology. This link in the innovation chain is necessary to attract potential investors, yet POC is not typically included in the work plan of academic researchers. Resolving this credibility gap requires a definitive approach and specific funding to guarantee future investment and development. This approach, between TRL 3 and 4, can be carried out by academic laboratories, with external support. The EU and European Investment Fund offer specific POC funding programmes while universities, KTOs and innovation partners, such as incubators, EEICenters, and early stage investors can be involved at a local level. Is there an advantage to a global approach to strengthen local networks which can better facilitate the management and funding of POC?

The session shall offer insights to the background and knowledge of managing POC and discuss opportunities to strengthen the cooperation between academic research and product development.

Introduction from Giancarlo Caratti, Head of Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
Jerome Samson, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

Moderator: Marta Catarino, Director | Technology Transfer Office, University of Minho, Portugal

Speakers:
Javier Echarri, CEO, Europe Business Network, Belgium
Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director Research and Innovation, European University Association, Belgium
Philippe Vanrie, Secretary General EUREKA, Belgium
Claire Munck, CEO Be Angels, Board Member of Business Angels Europe, Belgium
Henric Rhedin, President, ASTP-Proton
Jerome Samson, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg