Tech Transfer Course

Tech Transfer Course

26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019

Tech Transfer Course

Start date:

26 August 2019


26 till 30 August 2019, course ends after lunch on Friday 30 August

General context

VIB is an entrepreneurial research institute that seeks to transfer the results of its scientific investigations to society. To this end, the members of VIB’s Innovation & Business team draft, file and prosecute patents, establish research collaborations with industrial partners, outlicense intellectual property and create spin-off companies. These activities resulted in 125 million euro industrial income over the last 5 years, and a total of 20 spin-off companies with 875 direct employees. The portfolio of VIB Discovery Sciences - part of the VIB Business & Innovation team -  includes 9 programs on small molecules, 11 programs on biologicals and 2 programs for crops/microbiology.


In short, the technology transfer course is designed to give you an idea of:

  • How to find out if patents exist around your new findings;
  • What steps are necessary to commercialize your work;
  • The VIB-approach to starting innovative companies, and
  • How research can be turned into value for society.

In the annual Technology Transfer course, the VIB Innovation & Business Team, supported by external speakers from industry, will go into detail on the practicalities of making technology transfer happen. We will discuss the basics of Intellectual Property Rights, including a hands-on patent search on your favorite topic. We will go through the term sheets and contracts that shape the framework of industrial collaborations and investments. We will have a lively case study to highlight the potentially complex relationships between scientist, TT-officer and company representative, and give an overview of the various stages of starting a new venture.

If you want to participate, we ask you to submit a short abstract on a potential business idea, describing briefly the concept and potential applications. More information will follow when we receive your registration.


Event intended for

The course is open to external participants, but please note that all examples and case studies will focus on Life Science topics.

Extra information
  • Participation is free for VIB participants.
  • Registration fee for Academics from Universities and Centers of Excellence is € 225 (21% VAT incl.).
  • Registration fee for participants of EU-LIFE partner institutes is € 225 (21% VAT incl.).
  • Registration fee for industry is € 750 (21% VAT incl.).
  • Note that upon no-show without valid justification you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.
  • Please upload your abstract for the NewCo exercise below:


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Innovation & Business at VIB - Intellectual Property part 1


Welcome - Innovation & Business at VIB

A Discovery Science project as a showcase for the TT pipeline - Ward Capoen, V-Bio Ventures

Introduction to intellectual property rights

Introduction Pitch Newco abstracts


Patentability requirements

Writing and filing of a patent application

Claim drafting exercise


Reception at the venue (optional)


Dinner in Ghent (optional)

Intellectual Property part 2


Granting procedure and prosecution

Protection scope and FTO

Discuss Pitch Newco abstracts


Intro Patent search

Hands-on patent search: general example and on topic Newco pitch

Business Development


Public Private partnerships

Contracting: MTAs & CDAs

MTA negotiation workshop


Guest lecture Business Development - Luc Van Rompaey, Argen-x

R&D Collaborations & Licensing

Licensing exercise: Term sheets and negotations

New Ventures part 1


Key ingredients for building a successful business

Building a business and fundraising - pitching your plan


Preparation Pitch Newco

Company valuation

New Ventures part 2


Guest lecture: VC investments - Jan Van den Bossche, Partner @ Fund+

Pitching your Newco (+feedback)

Internship VIB TT

Pitching Award and closing

Practical info

Location & Venue
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent

Technologiepark 21
9052 Zwijnaarde

Public transport
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent
Public transport


At Gent St Pieters station you can take the following city buses: Buses 70, 71 and 72 ("Tramstraat"). You get off at the stop marked "Bollebergen" (on the Grote Steenweg Noord). The Technology Park is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge.

There is also a shuttle bus from Gent-Sint-Pieters, more information can be found here.


Route description
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Venue contact
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent
Location contact

+32 9 328 19 02