Hungary / Eszak-Alfold
Focus area / regional smart specialisation:
- Technology transfer activity
- Industrial Property Rights and Innovation Management courses
- University of Debrecen Student Innovation Community
- Proof of Concept Financing Program
Tools and procedures
Innovation and technology transfer has recently been in the focus of the most significant Hungarian universities’ innovation strategy. The University of Debrecen actively supports the utilization of the innovative ideas, products and services developed by the researchers of the university by setting up the Technology Transfer Center of the University. The primary role of the Center is to support the university researchers in commercializing their research results. It is advised to the researchers to keep contact with the Center during the research projects in order to get relevant information about business potentials behind their research results. The staff of the Center can provide support in the matters of IP protection, commercialization, collaboration with industrial partners, establishment of spin-off companies, university IP regulations and other innovation-related questions. The Center provides wide-range innovation services for the researchers, students and partners of the university. Basic activities of the Center: - Dissemination of research capabilities of the university. - Build partnership with research partners and enterprises. - IP management - Licensing, spin-off and start-up support. - Preparation of legal agreements, taking part in business negotiations. - Training the students and faculty towards an innovation-based approach in research. - Support the development of the local economy. Next to them specifically determined the Center provides several special and unique procedures for its customers, as the services described in 3.8 point as well: - Intellectual property protection information point. - Technology transfer activities. - Patlib Center. - Industrial Property Rights and Innovation Management courses. - University of Debrecen Student Innovation Community. - Proof of Concept Financing Program.
One of the most interesting and effective service of the Center is the Proof-of-concept service element. Proof-of-concept funding is a bridge in the funding gap between basic scientific research and its entry into the marketplace as a sustainable technology. Research discoveries often need additional development to reach important milestones that are critical to commercialization. These milestones help “de-risk” a technology, increasing the potential for licensing to an existing company or enabling the formation of a startup company. Traditional sources of research funding are typically intended for basic research. However, discoveries resulting from basic research need to reach important milestones to make technologies more attractive to licensing partners. POC funding helps bridge that gap by supporting activities such as: - Building prototypes - Conducting commercial feasibility tests - Demonstrating mitigation of risk - Addressing issues identified by industry that impair the ability to license or attract capital. The University of Debrecen follows the above-mentioned example for the first time in the country. From this year the University of Debrecen make it possible to launch a Proof of Concept (PoC) program under the University of Debrecen Innovation Fund to support the market utilization of the technologies created in the institution. The selected projects will receive up to 10 million HUF support for a maximum of 9 months period to reach new milestones for product development, testing or prototype development in order to evaluate and boost the utilization of the university technology. The applications will be evaluated on the basis of four main criteria as: - technological validity, - intensity of the intellectual property protection, - the market environment and - business attractiveness.
History of the institution
The University of Debrecen, the oldest institution of higher education in the country operated continuously in the same city, is one of the research universities of national excellence in Hungary offering the widest spectrum of educational programs in 14 faculties and 24 doctoral schools. Today the University of Debrecen is a leading and prominent institution of higher education in Hungary. It is not only at the forefront of Hungarian and international education but also active in the fields of research, innovation and development, and enjoys fruitful links with the business sector. The ever-changing social and economic environment demands continuous renewal from the institution and there is a constant need to adapt to new requirements. The University of Debrecen’s mission is to contribute to the education of future generations in cooperation with Hungarian and international partners, with high-quality interdisciplinary programs, and research built on versatile and practical experience. Besides education, the institution also provides European-quality patient care with comprehensive services to fulfill its obligations in the city, county, and region and often on the national level as well.
History of RO
The University of Debrecen Technology Transfer Center (UDTT) has started to operate in 2005. At the beginning of its operation the Center was dealing with technology transfer only in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, innovative drug development and functional food development. For now it provides innovation and technology transfer services as well as IP rights-related services in every substantial scientific field which are in focus of the research activity of University of Debrecen (UD). Based on the experiences of the UDTT it was found out that most of the innovative project ideas and new product or service development proposals originate from the Medical and Health Science Center of the university and its clinical departments.
We collaborate with:
ASTP-Proton Knowledge Transfer Europe
Description: ASTP-Proton is the association of knowledge transfer professionals in Europe. Currently, it has more than 700 members from 45 countries. ASTP-Proton is an association of knowledge transfer professionals created “by the members, for the members”. Tech
Silicon Field Regional IT Cluster
Description: The Silicon Field Regional IT Cluster was founded in 2008, currently the number of members is 43. Deployment near the university, with the help of knowledge base the IT enterprises want to attain the critical mass which makes the region an important
Thermal – Health Industrial Cluster
Description: The goal of Thermal – Health Industrial Cluster is to develop and increase the competitiveness of Eastern Hungarian tourism. The cluster has a leading role in the region and cooperates with many partners such as University of Debrecen, or the Technol
Pharmapolis Innovative Pharmaceautical Cluster
Description: The objective of the Pharmapolis Cluster is versatile; it wishes to strengthen the less developed elements in the innovative chain of the Hungarian pharmaceautical industry as it is required by the export interests of economic stakeholders and on the
Pharmapolis Innovative Food Cluster
Description: The Pharmapolis Innovative Food Industrial Cluster organises and coordinates the research and development activity of the 36 partners in the creation of new functional food products. The cluster members are the determining food enterprises and resear
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
City: Washington DC
Description: AUTM is the nonprofit leader in efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals, throughout their careers, to support the development of academic research that changes the world. AUTM’s community is comprised of more than 3,200 members who work
Network of Hungarian University Technology Transfer Offices
Description: The purpose of the Network of Hungarian University Technology Transfer Offices is to the formation of the knowledge transfer approaching of Hungarian universities, sharing the available knowledge base, disseminating information, developing common met