GENOMNANOTECH Regional Knowledge Centre
Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
The Hungarian government realised that the subsidisation of innovation oriented R&D at universities is very important. The commercialisation of these R&D results is essential as well. With the support of ‘Pázmány Péter Programme’, the industry and universities can cooperate and develop products/ services/ technologies together. This increases the regional and national competitiveness of the country. GENOMNANOTECH Regional Knowledge Centre (GND RKC) has been launched as a result of a competitive call for proposals published by the National Office for Research and Technology (NORT) in 2004. In this project, 16 companies carry out applied research together with researchers of the University of Debrecen, one of the most rapidly developing knowledge centres of the Eastern-Central-European region. Results include:
o Installing an innovation management system, including a project evaluation system at the University of Debrecen;
o Setting up a Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office at the University of Debrecen, which became a significant player of the innovation system in Hungary;
o Enhancing R&D intensive investments in the Észak-Alföld region in cooperation with Innova.
Evidence of success
This good practice is a good example of how to implement technology transfer. The Technology and Knowledge Transfer Center (TKTC) of the University of Debrecen was set up in 2005 under the umbrella of the so called GND RKC project which is one of the main results of the project. At the beginning of its operation the center was dealing with technology transfer and related services only in the fields of the GND RKC project (namely biomedical measurement methods and nanotechnology, functional food and pharmaceutical developments, investigation on metabolic syndrome diagnosis, “molecular farming” and other plant biotechnological methods). After project closure the activities of the GND RKC were continued and further developed by the TKTC. For now the TKTC provides innovation and technology transfer services as well as IP rights-related services in every substantial scientific field which are in focus of the research activity of University of Debrecen. Further information related to the activities and services of the TKTC are available at the website of the center.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Klara Bartha, Münnich Zsófia
University of Debrecen