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Key challenges associated with the technology transfer of IB Research out of universities

Posted on 17/05/2019

The second KETBIO webinar, on industrial biotechnology and knowledge/tech transfer from academia, will take place on 31st May 2019.

The KETBIO Biotech Transfer project will be hosting its second webinar on the topic of “A Company perspective: Key challenges associated with the technology transfer of IB Research out of Universities”.

KETBIO is an EU-funded coordination action under HORIZON 2020 for key enabling biotechnology research, which aims to raise the European innovation capacity. Biotechnology research is seen as a main driver in the circular economy by offering key tools for different fields, among them biorefining, marine and freshwater technologies, energy and waste conversion, food, feed and textile production, agriculture, health and much more.

This webinar will showcase in practice the key challenges companies, innovation centres and RTO’s face when transferring technologies out of Universities to move up the TRL scale and facilitate commercialisation. Participants will also discuss potential ways of overcoming these barriers, including examples of how being part of EU funded projects can facilitate this route to market.

Alex Michine, the CEO of METGEN (Finland), will speak about his experiences of the challenges of commercialising Industrial Biotechnology (IB) research. Alex Michine has 15 years experience in technology transfer in the Biotech, Clean Tech and Pharma industries. As well as being a serial entrepreneur, he has also worked on several EU funded IB projects and gained valuable ‘lessons learnt’ from a company perspective and how you may overcome them.

Dr Ian Archer (IBioIC) will discuss the benefits of being part of a EU funded project and how this can help to facilitate your route to market. Dr Archer is Technical Director of the IBioIC, an Innovation Centre based in Scotland, UK. He has many years experience in IB start ups and currently specialises in the technology transfer of IB research out of Universities as well as being part of several EU funded projects. Ian has valuable experience and understanding in how to facilitate the route to market and the challenges faced with IB research in particular.

The webinar will take place on 31st May at 12:00 (UK time)/13:00 CET. You can find out more and register for the webinar here.