Seminar “Function defines Structure: how to set up a successful Technology Transfer Office” at the Nencki Institute


On June 2nd, Nencki Institute organized a seminar for the leaders of Universities, Research Organizations, as well as representatives of the Ministry and institutions that support research and innovation.

This specialised seminar directed towards high‐level decision makers at universities and research institutes, politicians and technology transfer professionals provided answers to the following questions: Is Technology Transfer (TT) best managed as an internal activity of the University/Research Institute or as an external entity? How should the TT activities be structured and managed? How do you find that rare specimen, the TT‐officers, with one leg in industry and the other in academia? And once you recruit them, how do you manage to motivate and retain them? The seminar was lead by dr Gábor M. Lamm, who is a managing director of EMBL Enterprise Management Technology Transfer GmbH (EMBLEM), which is an affiliate and the commercial arm of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The seminar was attended by 25 participants, including deputy rectors of three largest Warsaw Universities, directors or deputy directors of several research institutes, deputy director of the National Centre for Research and Development, Department Director of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and representatives from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and from the City of Warsaw office.

The event was organized by the Nencki Institute under an FP7 EU (Capacities) project – BIO-IMAGing in research INovation and Education (BIO-IMAGINE), contract no 264173.