ETTBio

Project Details

Title: Effective Technology Transfer in Biotechnology
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014
Website: http://www.ettbio.eu

Budget

Total budget: €2,206,047.84
ERDF contribution: €1,717,461.75

Lead partner

Dresden University of Technology (LP)
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1062, Dresden
GERMANY

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    • Contact Person: Nadine Schmieder-Galfe
      Phone: +49 351 458 18858
      Fax: +49 351 458 5801

Project summary

ETTBio addresses the challenging issue of still unused economic potential of research institutes and universities as source for innovation and therefore efficient regional economic development. ETTBio has a sectoral focus on biotechnology for the following reasons:

1) Biotechnology is considered a key sector (and key enabling technology) in Europe for the 21st century,

2) it has very specific characteristics, which have a significant impact on the successful design of the technology transfer process and

3) because of existing deficiencies of policies and lack of experiences.

 

ETTBio aims to identify, exchange and communicate good practices about effectiveness of technology transfer in biotechnology in order to improve local and regional policies. The expected outcome of improved policies will be a higher number of new companies, creation of new jobs, higher tax income as well as an increase of the regional innovative capacity and economic performance.

To have a heterogeneous level of experience, 10 partners from 7 regions were selected. Involved partners from UK and BE have extensive experience in the topic, DE and ES partners have intermediate experience and policy partners in PL, EE and CZ are just beginning to design policies for technology transfer in biotechnology.

The project partnership includes regional and local authorities, research institutes and universities. This is considered the best possible combination for gathering all relevant information and transforming it to concrete policy actions. In EE & CZ, only regional authorities are involved because the regions recently started to focus on biotechnology. In UK and BE, the policy partners are involved during the entire project, but are not directly integrated as a partner because only little improvements of policies are expected. The partners provide a broad geographical coverage. This captures significant differences in the success of existing regional policy.

Main activities are:

1) "Launch conference" to create a catalogue on benchmarking criteria for techn. transfer in biotechnology as output,

2) regional analysis phase to identify good practices (GP) with site visits in UK & BE, with 7 regional analysis reports as output,

3) selection of 3 GP per region & analysis as case studies (CS: in-depth elaboration of GP & suggestions how to further improve it).

4) CS exchange phase, where each region chooses 3 relevant CS accord. to identified regional challenges and adapts them to regional context with the aim of transferring the respective GP.

5) Based on the results, policy recommendations & implementation plans (IP) will be developed for each region

6) Overview of project results incl. IP will be presented to national & European policy makers as well as interested stakeholders in biotechnology at the "Closing conference" in BE.

We will further provide general project communication media (incl. leaflets, a website, online newsletter).

Project achievements

ETTBio addresses the challenging issue of untapped economic potential of research institutes and universities as a source of innovation and, hence, efficient regional economic development. The project aims to identify, exchange and share good practices enabling successful and effective technology transfer in biotechnology, and improve local and regional policies accordingly.To have a heterogeneous level of experience, 10 partners from 7 regions are involved in the project. From those, partners from UK and BE have extensive experience in the topic, DE and ES partners have intermediate experience, and policy partners in PL, EE and CZ are just beginning to design policies for technology transfer in biotechnology. The project partnership includes regional and local authorities, research institutes and universities. This is considered the best possible combination for gathering all relevant information and transforming it to concrete policy actions.

ETTBio translates the best practices of effective technology transfer among the various European regions that participate in the project including regional authorities. In EE & CZ, only regional authorities are involved because the regions recently started to focus on biotechnology. In UK and BE, the policy partners are involved during the entire project, but are not directly integrated as a partner because only little improvements of policies are expected.

As dissemination tools, we have developed the ETTBio website (www.ettbio.eu), an ETTBio project brochure available in English and all local languages, and a ETTBio Final Brochure in English, which summarizes the results of the ETTBio project. 2 additional regional dissemination conference were organized in Tartu (27/28 Nov 204) and Barelona (03 Dec 2015). In addition, altogether 6 newsletters have been disseminated.

To date, six press releases in English, 59 according regional articles in local languages and several workshop reports were disseminated. ETTBio partners participated in altogether 14 other events to promote this EU initiative, including the ASTP-Proton meeting in Oslo/Norway, the BioForum in Lodz/Poland and the technology transfer conference "bionection" in Dresden/Germany.

 

In terms of exchange of experience, we prepared a catalogue on benchmarking criteria for technology transfer in biotechnology, status quo reports on the current status of technology transfer in the ETTBio partner regions to identify strength and potential weaknesses that were summarized in regional analysis reports (RAR). Derived from regional strength, in total 18 good practices (GP) related to topics such as public funding, technology transfer offices and entrepreneurship education were identified. They are summarized in the book of ETTBio Case Study Collections, published by Imperial Press.

Partners selected several good practices from other regions according to needs in their region, and adapted them during site visits and exchange workshops with regional policy makers to their regional environment, leading to concrete implementation plans and policy action suggestions, and a pilot action - the setup of the Moravian-Sileasian Biotechnology Cluster - in Ostrava. In addition, the "BioStart" programme in Flanders - a coordinated training and coaching attempt for young entrepreneurial teams -, the BioBusiness School at CRG in Barcelona dervied from the Dresden Summer School, the Imperial Create Lab as well as the setup of a TTO-like structure "SPV" at IIMCB are direct outcomes of transferred good practices within this fruitful project. Results on the exchange of good practices were presented during the ETTBio Closing Conference in Brussels on 24 Oct 2014 (www.ettbioclosingconference.eu) and are summarized in the conference report, which is used as final ETTBio brochure.

Partnership

Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Dresden University of Technology (LP), Dresden GERMANY Dresden +49 351 458 18858
nadine.schmieder-galfe@uniklinikum-dresden.de
City of Dresden (CoD), Dresden GERMANY Dresden +49-(0)351-4888732, +49-(0)351-4888788
michael.anz@dresden.de, lcoskun@dresden.de
Imperial College Business School (ICBS), London UNITED KINGDOM Inner London +44 (0)20 7594 9850
r.de-cock@imperial.ac.uk
Regional Development Agency Ostrava (RDAO), Ostrava CZECH REPUBLIC Moravskoslezsko +420 595 691 216
pawera@arr.cz
Free University Brussels (VUB), Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest +32 2 629 12 23
thomas.crispeels@vub.ac.be
Biocat, Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña +34 93 310 33 89
c.lurigados@biocat.cat
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña 34933160160
pablo.cironi@crg.eu
City of Warsaw (CoW), Warszawa POLAND Mazowieckie +48 22 44 30 755
kniewiadomska@um.warszawa.pl, apisula@um.warsawa.pl
International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB), Warsaw POLAND Mazowieckie +48-22592-5778
mpowierza@iimcb.gov.pl
City of Tartu (CoT), Tartu ESTONIA Eesti +372 526 2195
Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee, kaili.ojamets@raad.tartu.ee

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