Tech Transfer Course

Tech Transfer Course

24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

3Square Ghent

Tech Transfer Course


3Square Ghent

Start date:

24 August 2020


24 till 28 August 2020, course ends after lunch on Friday 28 August

General context

VIB is an entrepreneurial research institute that seeks to transfer the results of its scientific investigations to economical and societal added value. To this end, the members of VIB’s Innovation & Business team draft, file and prosecute patents, develop IP strategies, establish research collaborations with industrial partners, outlicense intellectual property & knowhow, and create spin-off companies. These activities resulted in more than 250 active patent families, 1500 partnerships with industry, 138 million euro industrial income over the last 5 years, and a total of 25 spin-off companies. The portfolio of VIB Discovery Sciences - part of the VIB Business & Innovation team -  includes  programs on small molecules, biologicals,  crop industry as well as microbiology programs.


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 and what to do to protect your invention;
  • What steps are necessary to commercialize your work;
  • The VIB-approach to starting innovative companies, and
  • Different ways of turning your research 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 real life valorization approaches. We will discuss the basics of Intellectual Property Rights, including a hands-on patent search on the topics for the pitch exercise. 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, Innovation & Businessmanager and company representative, and give an overview of the various stages of starting a new venture.

If you want to participate, you will be asked to submit a short abstract on a potential business idea prior to the start of the course, for selection of topics for the Newco pitching exercise (in groups). More information will follow via email when we receive your registration. Please note that who submits an abstract will get priority to attend the course. Submitting your abstract will be possible on the website in the course of June, after you received more information on the requirements for your abstract via email.

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.

Course materials
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 a potential business idea below:


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Innovation & Business at VIB - Intellectual Property part 1


Welcome - Innovation & Business at VIB

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 

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 

Pitching your Newco (+feedback)

Internship VIB TT

Pitching Award and closing

Practical info

Location & Venue

24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

3Square Ghent

Rijvisschestraat 124
9052 Ghent

Public transport

24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

3Square Ghent
Public transport

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Route description

24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

3Square Ghent

There is parking available under the building.

Venue contact

24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

3Square Ghent
Location contact

09/248 10 00