Jeff Skinner, President ASTP, Opening Hans-Gunther Sonntag, City of Heidelberg, Welcome Hans Wigzell, Senior Strategic Advisor Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, The secret behind the technology transfer success of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.Presentation
Thiess Matzke, Ascenion, Germany René Rohrbeck, Senior researcher Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany Klaus Wilgenbus,, Corporate Senior Vice President Global Licensing Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany Gabriel Clerc, Head of Technology Transfer EPFL, Switzerland
IP is often a barrier to effective collaboration with companies. They think it valuable enough to insist on ownership but are reluctant to pay much for it (either full costs or royalties). Where is the middle ground - and which side is being unreasonable?
Herbert Reutimann, Managing Director Unitectra, Switzerland Rudy Dekeyser, Vice General Director VIB, Belgium, Switzerland
Most of the patents we file end up getting abandoned without licensing, either because we didn’t do enough market research or because we couldn’t put the time into finding licensees. Should we be rejecting far more disclosures than we do – if so, which ones? And if they slip through to become a patent; how do we kill those?
Bruno Lambrecht, Legal Counsel KU Leuven R&D, Belgium Denis Dambois, D.G. Research European Commission, Belgium
Unification in TT rules & structures. The national regulatory framework and practices (including national guidelines and model contracts, etc.) for university-industry knowledge transfer show significant differences across the EU. Is it realistic to aim at a more uniform playing field? And is it desirable?
Egenhard Link, Patent & Licensing Manager Max Planck Innovation, Germany Patrick Jones, President AUTM & Director Office of Technology Transfer University of Arizona, USA Thomas Wehlage, BASF Future Business, Germany Rudy Dekeyser, Vice President VIB, Belgium
We often find ourselves pushing technologies that everyone believes in but no-one (corporate or VC) wants to invest in - we're told that they are 'too early'? What is going wrong? Is it our marketing? Should we use regional 'technology' funds to develop further? Are potential licensees right or are they acting irrationally - and what should our response be?
Robert MacWright, Executive Director University of Virginia Patent Foundation, USA Karen Laigaard, Head of Technology Transfer University of Copenhagen, Denmark, USA
How much effort should we put into developing commercialisation plans and strategy? Two speakers will advocate that the effectiveness of TTO is significantly enhanced using this approach – and striking the right balance between analysis and paralysis.
Hans Wigzell, Senior Strategic Advisor Karolinska Institute, Sweden Teri Willey, Chief executive Cambridge University, United Kingdom
If our primary purpose is to see technology utilised, does it really matter
whether academics own their own IP and what share of royalties they receive? Sweden successfully exploits IP and Cambridge flourished as a hightech region despite academic ownership of IP. Might it be a good thing if academics had a choice?
Alfred Schillert, Managing Director Provendis, Germany David Catton, Managing Director of SUEL and non-Exec Director of Biofusion, United Kingdom Martin Raditsch, Head of Business Development EMBLEM, Germany Hannes Lehmann, Director Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Some argue that Tech Transfer is inseparable from the university and will never be as effective if out-sourced. Others say they've tried out-sourcing and it works far better. Here we listen to two very different models of outsourcing to discern how (and if) they work and what is lost.
David Harnett, Senior Director Microsoft IP Ventures Group, USA Jari J. Rantala, Innovation Manager University of Helsinki, Finland
Universities generate huge amounts of innovative software applications – which can be licensed or used as the basis of a business. However, the core IP is much more ‘fragile’ than in the case of (say) biotech – and commercialisation far more difficult. Here we learn about and discuss two very different ways of managing such projects – ‘open source’(low investment) and ‘new venturing’ (high investment).
Peter Reid, CEO London Technology Network, United Kingdom Gabriel Clerc, , Head of Technology Transfer EPFL, Switzerland
Using Regional Network Organisations. Governments and regions all want a slice of the ‘knowledge economy’ and invest in multiple networks, events and funds aimed at fostering innovation and linking businesses with universities and each other. How can we work with and ‘use’ such regional initiatives to best effect? Can natural tensions be overcome to create a productive relationship?
Regina Oertel, Director Technology Transfer and Research Funding University Aachen, Germany Jean Severijns, Projectmanager Internationalisation Province of Limburg, the Netherlands Horst Domdey, CEO Bio-M, Germany Peter Reid, CEO Centre for Scientific Enterprise, United Kingdom
Regional governments all want 'their' universities to play their part in regional regeneration. Generally we want to help but it's unclear what the role of TT should be. In this session we hear two examples of regeneration where university technology & expertise were a key part of the plan.
Patrick Jones, President AUTM & Director Office of Technology Transfer University of Arizona, USA Robert MacWright, Executive Director, University of Virginia Patent Foundation, USA
The seven deadly sins of Technology
We all make mistakes – some unavoidable, others due to inexperience and the ability to see where our good intentions can lead us. We can learn from each other’s experiences and in this session we expose and discuss the worst mistakes you can make.
Teri Willey, Chief executive Cambridge University, United Kingdom Patrick Llenera, BETA University Louis Pasteur, France
As TTOs become larger we become more accountable on our performance to multiple stakeholders (university, government) If we are wise then we will propose and agree the ‘Key Performance Indicators’ (KPIs) with stakeholders in advance. However, the choice of KPIs is not trivial – some measure activity, others income. Some are lagging, some leading. What basket of KPIs best reflects performance?
Alex von Frankenberg, CEO High- Tech Gründerfonds Management, Germany Simon Barnes, Managing Partner Tate & Lyle Ventures, United Kingdom Herbert Reutimann, Managing Director Unitectra, Switzerland Thomas Doppelberger, Director Fraunhofer Venture-Group, Germany
Most technologies need further investment - whether to pay for patents or to develop further. Many governments/regions have got this message and are setting up early stage funds. How should such funds be structured and managed to ensure that they are useful and invested wisely?
Jochen Moesslein, CEO VentureInvest, Germany Antti Pasanen, Managing Director St1 Biofuels Oy, Finland
There is worldwide interest in green technologies and clear opportunities for
licensing and new ventures in the field. However, this is a broad area – where are the opportunities for university technologies? We illustrate via an example of a success story from Finland.
Helmut Schubert, Head Patent and Licensing Department Fraunhofer, Germany Martin Sieler, Director IP Exploration Thomson, Germany
The licensing of the MP3 Technology is one of the great success stories of Technology Transfer. We are pleased to welcome one of those who was intimately involved in the process to tell the story.
PLENARY: 15:30 - 16:30
FINAL SESSION :
This House believes that Technology Transfer is a Transient profession
Jeff Skinner, President ASTP & Director of Strategic Partnerships, University College London, United Kingdom Patrick Jones, President AUTM & Director Office of Technology Transfer, University of Arizona, USA
In this final session we debate the longevity of our profession – is Technology Transfer here to stay in its current form or are there good reasons to believe that it will disappear or fragment. We approach this topic in an light-hearted way – hearing passionate argument for and against the motion opening the debate to the House and then putting the motion to a vote.