In the frame of ACCELERATE, monthly online webinars have been held, in which the key aspects of Innovation, Industrial Liaison and Technology Transfer have been presented by experts, and discussed with the participants.
The first edition focused on innovation effectiveness. It was facilitated by Mr. Frank Boyd, Innovation Specialist at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), where he is working on a project to capture best practice in innovation and to develop resources that provide practical help for business. Throughout the session, the Innovation Canvas, developed by KTN to support innovation ideas, was described.
2nd edition: “How to Look Attractive to Investors”
In order to bring innovations out of the lab into commercial exploitation, it is crucial to take into consideration the various aspects that can make the project attractive to potential investors.
In the second edition, Mr. Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance at the KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network), focused on the important factors for attracting investors in the Science – Industry environment by demonstrating how to make a pitch to investors. Mr. Tracey also highlighted the key features that investors pay attention to when assessing potential commercial projects.
3rd edition: “IP and Commercialisation for Research Organisations”
The third edition tackled an important pillar within the industry – research collaboration context: Intellectual property and patenting. It was presented by experts in the field: Dr. Purewal, a practicing IP attorney (UK and European Patent Attorney) with a PhD in Theoretical Physics, and Dr. Connell, a UK and European Patent Attorney with a PhD in Physical Chemistry.
The webinar targeted anyone involved in research and technology transfer activities. Participants were introduced to IP, its creating, ownership and commercialisation. The common pitfalls to be avoided while commercialising IP in a research environment were also presented.
4th edition: “Overcoming the technology maturity gap”
The fourth edition focused on the maturity gap and a related case at the Cracow University. It tackled the best practices to overcome innovations maturity gap between research technology organizations and the market.
The speaker of this edition is Mr. Jakub Kruszelnicki, co-owner of the company Creative Labs and OaSIS project coordinator (Optimizing Support of Innovative SMEs).
5th edition: “Common challenges in Executing Industry-University Projects”
The fifth edition focused on the common challenges faced while running industry-university projects and assessed their practical threads and pitfalls.
This edition was facilitated by Dr. Steve Welch, Director of Innovation at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Dr. Welch showcased the main issues that can occur throughout this kind of collaborative projects and presented suggestions of how these challenges can be prevented.
The speaker of this edition was Mr. Michael André Jonsson, Senior Business Development Officer at the DTU. Mr. Jonsson presented the various methods used in TT operations as well as the aspects that make an effective process for capturing the value from novel research.
7th edition:”The development of Synchrotron-XRPD analytical services to best meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry”
The 7th edition focused on the development of Synchrotron-XRPD analytical services for the pharmaceutical industry. The X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) is a powerful technique that exploits the interaction between X-rays and matter to study the structural and microstructural properties of materials.
The speaker of this edition was Dr. Fabia Gozzo, founder of Excelsus Structural Solutions. Among other topics, Dr. Gozzo presented Excelsus Structural Solutions’ business model, developed to make complex Synchrotron-XRPD techniques readily available to the pharmaceutical industry for both “routine” measurements and investigational studies.
8th edition: “Technology Transfer as an Ecosystem”
The 8th edition focused on technology transfer and all the aspects related to its implementation within the Research Infrastructure and the industry.
The speaker of this edition was Mr. Mauro Zambelli, Head of the In-kind Group at the European Spallation Source (ESS). Mr. Zambelli described how Kyma Srl, a spin-off company of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, was established and progressively grown from its beginnings in Trieste to the rest of Europe, the United States and China, becoming a world leader in its field and a successful example of technology ecosystem development.
9th edition: “Storytelling – Connecting people to your idea”
The 9th edition focused on the art of storytelling, its use and structure to convey facts and information to a target audience.
The speaker of this edition was Mr. Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance at KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network). Mr. Tracey described how storytelling is defined as one of the most powerful ways to carry a message to the people we wish to influence.