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    LSM - PROTECTION AND VALORISATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS: “Taking research beyond the bench”

    Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 09:00
    Campus: Brussels Health Campus
    Building B
    room B.017


    “Taking research beyond the bench”

    1-day course: 27th June 2018

    PLACE: VUB Jette campus, B017 (9-18h)

    TARGET GROUP : Doctoral candidates and postdocs (max. 15 participants)

    TEACHERS: Ruani FERNANDO (IOF Business Developer, IVTD/VUB)

                           Marc GOLDCHSTEIN (Technology Transfer Officer, Entrepreneurship Education KTI, VUB)

    Sandwich lunch and coffee breaks provided.


    The possibility of biomedical science research to have a beneficial impact on society hinges on the successful translation of fundamental research into the development of industry compatible products and processes. This course introduces the “Technology Transfer” process, by which academically driven innovations (for example: your doctoral research) can be transferred beyond the university research bench, ultimately for industry applications and/or public use.

    During the training participants will be introduced to commonly used terms and concepts arising at the intersection of science and business - and understand what resources are available to navigate this path. The content is relevant to both academically and/or commercially minded researchers, touching on concepts relevant to working in either sector.


    • If you are interested in entrepreneurship
    • If your research has applications outside academia
    • If you would like to gain understanding of the terminology and concepts frequently employed in strategic and applied grants, eg. SBO applications.
    • If you are interested in the technology transfer and understanding issues at the junction between academia and industry.



    • Intellectual Property rights with a focus on patents
    • Hands-on, customized, training on patent searching and using patent resources
    • Step-by-step decoding of confidentiality, material transfer & research collaboration agreements
    • An introduction to spin-offs with a focus on our region



    • You will gain an overview into Intellectual Property Rights
    • Understand the what why, when & how of patenting research results
    • Learn how to use key resources to uncover the technology landscape relevant to your research
    • Translate the legal language of agreements that are commonly used in research collaborations 
    • Get a glimpse into how research results can be transferred to industry and beyond

    TEACHING METHODS Interactive mix of seminars, short individual exercises, a patent searching workshop & group discussion. Teaching language: English.

    PREPARATION Participants will be required to fill a short questionnaire relating, in general terms, to their research project. To be submitted at least one week before the training.


    Preliminary Programm

    9 - 10:                   Introduction to Valorisation: what, why and how?  

    10 – 11:15           Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights

    11:15 – 11:30     Break

    11:30 – 12:45     Patents in depth

    12:45 – 13:45    Lunch

    13:45 – 15:00    Patent search workshop

    15:00 – 16:00     Introduction to Agreements

    16:00 – 16:15     Break

    16:15 – 17:15     Introduction to spin-offs (Marc GOLDCHSTEIN)

    17:15 – 17:30     Quiz and discussion       


    Register onine here

    We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to lsm@vub.be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

    Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

    Registration Rules: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/doctoral-training#registration
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