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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

ACADEMIC SPIN-OFF COMPANIES IN POST-COVID ERA

3rd June 2021

Clarion Congress Hotel České Budějovice

About conference

The conference will take place in hybrid form.

 

The aim of the conference is to present and assess current trends in the field of establishment and management of academic spin-off companies and, among others, to discuss the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference will offer viewpoints from several levels, from strategic and legislative tools at the national level, institutional representatives of organisations involved in knowledge transfer, to representatives of Czech and foreign spin-off companies.

The target group of the conference comprises researchers of universities and research organisations involved in research and development, representatives of transfer agencies and workplaces, representatives of research organisations' management responsible for cooperation with the application sphere and transfer, members of national and regional organisations supporting cooperation of research organisations with the application sphere and last but not least, representatives of the application sphere.

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Programme

Conference presented by

 Aleš Vlk

Founder of the Vědavýzkum.cz portal. He has long been involved in the research, development and innovation policy, working as a lecturer, consultant and presenter. He is also an external lecturer at the Department of Public and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University.

Introduction speech

 Libor Grubhoffer

Director of the Biology Centre CAS

Studied biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, and obtained a doctorate in microbiology / virology at the Institute of Sera and Vaccines in Prague. The professor of molecular and cell biology and genetics at the University of South Bohemia and the head of the joint Laboratory of Molecular Ecology of Vectors and Pathogens of the Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre CAS, and the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia. Studies ticks, tick-borne encephalitis virus and Lyme disease spirochete. A co-founder of the Biological Chemistry joint cross-border study programme between the University of South Bohemia and the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The principal investigator and co-investigator of several foreign and many domestic grants. A former Dean of the Faculty of Science and Rector of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, currently works as the director of the Biology Centre CAS and has more than 160 scientific publications. Also, the honorary doctor of the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA, and the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. The first vice-president of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.

Introduction speech

 Ivo Moravec

Deputy Mayor of České Budějovice

A forest engineer living in České Budějovice since 1976. Actively involved in municipal politics since 2005. In 2010 involved in the establishment of the Citizens for Budějovice political movement, from 2013 to 2015 appointed its vice-chairman and, subsequently, the chairman since 2015. A member of the České Budějovice City Council during the 2010-2014 term. From November 2014 to June 2015 worked as the First Deputy Mayor of České Budějovice. Currently works as the deputy mayor of České Budějovice for the administration of public goods, public procurement and the environment. Focuses on the preparation of projects of regional development, rural tourism and adventure tourism. Considers the field of technology transfer, science and innovation a big challenge and also a current topic, which he actively monitors. Evaluates projects financed from national and European programs.

Participants in panel discussions

Hauwermeiren Amber

Business Developer & co-founder of Orange Quantum Systems

Amber moved from Belgium to the Netherlands in 2011 to study Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft. He co-founded the automated coating company Qlayers BV in 2017, and the Aerospace Innovation Hub at the TU Delft in 2018. This gives him experience in bootstrapping high-tech companies. Working at TNO since 2019, he analyzed the market of quantum computing and has applied this insight to Orange Quantum Systems as a business developer.

Ivan Baines

COO MaxPlanck Institute Dresden, Germany

Over the course of a career spanning > 30 years working in some of the world’s leading life sci­ences research institutes, Dr Baines's specialty is to design, implement and optimize Scientific infrastructure to fulfil the maxi mal potential of the available resources for performing top level research.

He has either been fully responsible for all aspects of the design and implementation of the in­stitute including construction of the building (Max Planck Florida Institute), or part of the founding team (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden) or guided the process as a consultant (GIGA, Liege; BIOZ/BIOTEC Dresden; BioCity Leipzig; SWC, London) for the establishment of 6 research institutes.

Currently, Dr. Baines is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a Board Member of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, Germany, where he oversees all daily operations of the institute including managing the scientific core facili­ties, heading the administration, the technical services, and is responsible for technology transfer and commercialization.

Martin Bunček

Director of the Office of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Martin Bunček is a graduate of the University of Pardubice, Faculty of Chemical Technology. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University in Hradec Králové. He had worked in the biotechnology company GENERI BIOTECH s.r.o. almost since it was founded. He advanced through all the positions in the company's hierarchy and conceptually participated in the formation of the company, especially in its research and development (R&D). He also gained his own experience in the field of R&D as a researcher or co-researcher of many national and international grant projects. Thanks to this, he is accustomed to the field of protection of R&D results (patents and others), practical application of R&D results, as well as purchase and use of know-how, including "due diligence".

Martin Bunček was also professionally active in teaching. He worked as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pardubice, lectured on molecular biology and genetics and molecular biological methods at the Faculty of Chemical Technology, and at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové on the subject of gene therapy. He is an author or co-author of a number of scientific publications and patents.

In recent years, he has been actively involved in the research, development and innovation policy at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic since its establishment in 2009. 

Pavel Csank

chairman of the board of the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Center Ostrava

Pavel Csank is a manager, strategist, visionary, consultant, chairman of the board and co-founder of the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Center Ostrava (MSIC) in one person. He is in close contact with business owners on a daily basis and enjoys looking for ways to interconnect them and support the growth of their companies and thus the quality of the Czech corporate environment through synergy effects. As a consultant, he designed and applied tools to support business and innovation in the Czech Republic and abroad as well. He currently manages the team of the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Center in Ostrava. Together, they are setting up new services for the development of the local business environment and they are preparing a new regional innovation strategy for the Moravian-Silesian Region. He would like everyone, like him, to abandon the stereotypes of perception of this amazing region and discover the strength, creativity and determination of the local people. His motto is: think big, take small steps quickly and don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Ildiko  Csoka

Director General for Strategy, University of Szeged, Hungary

Resposible for: Coordination of R & D & I activities (Tech-transfer, Business Development and Project management) of USz.

Background: pharmacist, health care manager,

Professional experience in R & D & I: Head of Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology & Regulatory Affairs

 

Otakar Fojt

Scientific Attaché of the British Embassy in Prague

He focuses on the development of Czech-British relations in the field of science, modern technologies and innovations. He works as a scientific attaché of the British Embassy in Prague. He teaches in the field of innovation, technology transfer, scientific programs, policies and strategies in the Czech Republic and abroad as well. He is also the principal discoverer and co-author of two U.S. patents.

Eva Janouškovcová

Director of CTT MUNI and president of Transfera

Eva Janouškovcová graduated from the Faculty of Science at Masaryk University in Brno, majoring in general biology. She also holds a Ph.D. in Imunology and LL.M. from Corporate Law. She started her career in 2002 as a researcher at the Department of Experimental Biology at MU. She participated in several projects ranging from biology and immunology, to technology transfer. She gained experience in technology transfer during her stay in the Office of Technology Transfer at McGill University, Montreal in 2005. She had also worked shortly as Commercial Activities & Fundraising Manager at MU. She attended many courses and certified trainings in technology transfer and intellectual property protection. During 2009 – 2010 worked as TTO deputy director. She extends her extensive experience in solution and project management in the field of scientific research and technology transfer by participating in activities aimed at popularizing science and research (Since 2008 he has been the main coordinator of MU project under the 7th FP „Researchers Night“) and is generally cooperating on education development projects, innovation, research and development at regional, national and international level. She also gained significant experience in business and management positions in private sector. Dr. Janouškovcová is president of Transfera.cz – the national platform, which promotes and protects the interests of the Czech transfer community.

In the TTO she is mainly responsible for protection of intellectual property and for support to the research community in this field; she negotiates research contracts between MU researchers and application partners and organizes courses and trainings for innovative business (including technology transfer and intellectual property rights.

Matej Kliman

Lawyer - external consultant

Matej Kliman graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University. Since 2007, he has been intensively involved in comprehensive legal advice and lectures in the field of research and development and knowledge transfer.
In the field of technology transfer, innovation and investment, he has extensive experience in consulting for virtually all major institutions in the Czech Republic, both on the side of grant providers (MŠMT, TAČR, MPO, MHMP, MPSV, etc.) and on the part of beneficiaries (UOCHB a IOCB Tech, UK a KPPT UK, KAVČR a CCeT AVČR a CUIP, MU, VUT, JU, ČVUT, VŠCHT, UPOL, VŠBTUO, UHK, FU AVČR, FZU AVČR, UJF AVČR, CVŘ, CESNET, etc.) and private companies (For example, the American spin off company DiscitisDx, the Czech spin off TRIX Connections, s.r.o., CUIP, s.r.o., IOCB Tech, s.r.o., Inc., Doosan Škoda Power, a.s., Nuvia, Zentiva, Benteler, GEA, Lexmark, etc.). Experience in this area includes intellectual property protection, preparation and negotiation of licensing and other agreements, internal audits and preparation and revision of internal regulations, preparation of legal and economic analyzes and methodologies, preparation of new legislation and its amendments, as well as support of major projects (ELI- Beamlines, HiLASE, BIOCEV, CEITEC, NETME, ESS, e-infrastructure CZ, etc.).

Hana Kosová

Director of CPPT Charles University, vice-president of ASTP

Mgr. and Mgr. Hana Kosová, MPA has been the director of the Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer of Charles University www.cppt.cuni.cz since 2014. She came to the university from the private sector, before that she also worked in diplomacy, in the public and non-profit spheres, she worked in the Czech Republic and abroad. All its current workplaces are connected by the topic of the knowledge economy, social impact and innovation, project management and various types of cooperation between often unlikely partners. Hana is a member of the Supervisory Board of the subsidiary CUIP UK (Charles University Innovations Prague), s.r.o.. She contributed to the current form of the national association Transfera.cz and as a member of the board she focuses on relations with foreign countries. She has also been vice-president of ASTP (International Association of Knowledge and Technology Transfer Professionals www-astp4kt.eu) for over two years, where she will now chair the NAAC.

Jiří Krechl

Director of R&D CzechInvest

Jiří Krechl is a graduate of the University of Chemical Technology in Prague, where he studied organic chemistry. Later he also worked there as an associate professor. From 1996 to 2007 he was the research and development director  at SpeChem spol., s.r.o.. Since then, he has been working professionally for more than 14 years at the CzechInvest. He currently works at the CzechInvest as the head of the Research, Development and Innovation Support Department.

He is involved in a number of research and development projects and holds positions in the administrative and supervisory bodies of research organizations. Among other things, he also works at the Academy of Engineering.

Petr Kubečka

Head of technology transfer office and business development manager, Science and Technology Park, Palacky University

Facilitating the transfer of technology, patents and research results to commercial practice.

Ondřej Kurkin

CEO, Cardam Solution

Motto:

„Efektivním a chytrým zapojením pokročilých technologií do výrobního procesu dokážeme zákazníkům nabídnout možnosti, které nejen zvýší jejich konkurenceschopnost, ale také otevřou dveře pro jejich další technologický rozvoj.“

Otomar Sláma

Director of Charles University Innovations Prague

Graduated in Public Policy in Research, Development and Innovation, further in International Relations and European Studies and holds an MBA with a specialisation in Entrepreneurship and Business.

He was the second person in the Czech Republic to receive the prestigious RTTP (Registered Technology Transfer Professional) certification from the global ATTP alliance.

For the past several years he has been lecturing on starting a business, creation of business plans, and establishing spin-off companies in the Czech Republic as well as abroad.In the last year, he has founded 4 spin-off companies with a turnover of CZK 200 million.

He has gained experience in the private sector where he has founded and managed several companies.

Matthias Stier

CEO of Variolytics GmbH, Germany

Matthias is a bioprocess engineer. In 2014, he became group leader for bioprocess engineering at the Institute for Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology (IGVP) at the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). He developed processes for the material utilization of methane. As part of his projects, he and his team established and patented a process-measuring device for bioreactors. The research transfer of this technology was funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics in Germany as part of the so-called “EXIST” project and Variolytics GmbH was founded in 2020. In summer 2021, Matthias will end his career as a scientist and dedicate himself fully as CEO of the startup.

 

Špela Stres

Head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Center for the Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Dr. Špela Stres, MBA, Master of Law

Špela Stres is the Head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Center for the Jožef Stefan Institute and an invited lecturer at the University of Ljubljana and the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. She used to work as an elementary particle physicist, collaborating internationally with DESY Hamburg and CERN Geneve. Currently, she holds the rank of Research Councilor (equal in rank to full professor).

She is active in the field of business development and designing the financial support environment for innovation. She was instrumental in setting up 11 spin-out companies in the past ten years. At the United Nations New York, she is a Member of the 10-MG Group for Sustainable Development. She served as a member of the Expert Group, advising the EIC Taskforce for the DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. She is a Delegate to the CERN KT Forum and the KT Forum on Medical Applications. Formerly, she served as Vice President and Board Member of the European Association of Science and Technology Professionals. She served as a Member of the Future Emerging Technologies Advisory Group and a Member of the SWAFS Advisory Group for the European Commission (DG Connect and DG R&I). She served as a Board Member of the CERN Technology Transfer Network.

She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Ljubljana, a Master’s degree of law in intellectual property from the University of Turin, an executive MBA from Cotrugli Business School, and has passed the patent attorney exam. She is a Registered Certified Licensing Professional – CLP and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional - RTTP.

Tomasz Stypułkowski

Chairman of the Board at the Institute of Innovation and Technology Ltd., Poland

Since 2015 operating as a Chairman of the Board at the Institute of Innovation and Technology Ltd, which is an SPV fully owned by the Bialystok University of Technology. Responsible for technology transfer strategy and processes, scientific services for business partners, evaluation of commercial potential of R&D outcomes, Spin-offs and spin-outs processing.

Active member and Vicepresident of the Association of SPV’s in Poland. Responsible for building national SPV’s strategy and effective science and business cooperation, Government contacts.

Since 2019 acting as a Board advisor for the Innovation Centre in Podkarpackie region, responsible for implementation of ‘science to business’ commercial activities.

Focused on economical effectiveness of implementing R&D results to the market, creating and implementing local and regional strategies concerning science and business cooperation, supporting scientific start-ups and VC Funds in finding common goals. Business coach, Master of Economics.

Daniel Všetečka

Director of the Department of Digital Economy and Smart Specialization at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

National RIS3 manager, director of the Department of Digital Economy and Smart Specialization at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The RIS3 strategy has long been dedicated to the agenda. First from 5/2013 from the regional level (Hradec Králové region) and subsequently from 8/2019 from the national point of view. He has experience in the areas of strategic planning, analysis, design / implementation of support tools and project management, in a regional, national and international context. He is a delegate of the Czech Republic in Horizon Europe for the topics of digital, industry, space. Responsibility for the Czech Republic of the new Digital Europe program. He deals with the issue of legislative regulation of the digital economy.

Jaromír Zahrádka

Director of i&i Prague

Jaromír Zahrádka is the CEO and co-founder of i&i Prague, s.r.o., a company focused on technology transfer and investments in Life Sciences and Biotechnologies. Under his supervision, more than 15 projects were established, co-invested or successfully supported in their commercialisation by the i&i Prague team. The company already invested more than EUR 2,0 million and holds 9 equity positions: 6 Czech spin-offs, 2 German spin-offs and 1 USA spin-off with an estimated portfolio value exceeding EUR 5 million.  Jaromír lectures at UCT School of Business, holds a Master of Science Degree (MSc.) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Charles University in Prague, and a Master’s degree in Corporate Economics, Management and Enterprise Valuation at the University of Economics in Prague.

Registration

This conference is free of charge for those participants who have registered and completed the registration form.

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Instructions

Directions - how to get there

From the České Budějovice bus or train station, reach the Clarion Hotel by public transport bus line 11, which departs from the bus station:

Lines 6 or 9, departing from the train station building:

If you arrive by car, there is a large paid car park on-site at the Clarion Hotel.

Accommodation

Accommodation is possible directly at the conference venue at the Clarion Hotel.

Accommodation is participant's own expense. The hotel reserves accommodation capacity for all conference participants under favourable terms. For those interested in accommodation in the Clarion hotel for a discounted price enter the password TRANSFER Conference when booking.

Other accommodation options can be found in nearby hotels: the Savoy Hotel, Hotel Atlas České Budějovice, Hotel Zátkův Dům.

Contact

Jaroslav Červinka - jaroslav.cervinka@bc.cas.cz; tel. +420 777 468 684

Petr Maršík - petr.marsik@bc.cas.cz; tel. +420 777 468 681

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