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  • Thumbnail for Mark Mann: How to build social venture spinouts

    Mark Mann: How to build social venture spinouts

    Can British university research help families in South America secure a mortgage? That’s what the University of Oxford did with its social venture spinout SOPHIA Oxford, which analyses contributing factors to poverty from the state down to the corporate level and helps companies make better choices for their employees.

  • Thumbnail for Fiona Neary: University of Galway

    Fiona Neary: University of Galway

    University of Galway has long been a leader in medtech, so it makes sense that Fiona Neary, innovation operations manager in the institution’s Innovation Office, created the country’s first medtech accelerator programme in 2018.

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    Beyond the Breakthrough

    It’s time to let you know what we have planned. We’re re-launching as Beyond the Breakthrough!

    Over the past three and a half years, and 100 episodes, one key takeaway has been the fact that the public still doesn’t understand how university research gets into the marketplace — and that needs to change.

  • Thumbnail for Christophe Haunold: University of Luxembourg’s Office for Partnership, Knowledge and Technology Transfer (PaKTT)

    Christophe Haunold: University of Luxembourg’s Office for Partnership, Knowledge and Technology Transfer (PaKTT)

    A global platform for tracking tech transfer data — is creating something like this even possible? That is what Christophe Haunold, head of the University of Luxembourg’s Office for Partnership, Knowledge and Technology Transfer (PaKTT), wants to get off the ground. If anyone can create this it would be Christophe, a seasoned builder who founded the tech transfer office at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, as well as Toulouse Tech Transfer (one of 13 regional tech transfer companies in France) and then the tech transfer office at the University of Luxembourg.

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    Treasure hunting for seed pearls

    Today’s is a slightly different episode of the podcast as we’re bringing you a recording of a recent webinar, Treasure hunting for seed pearls at universities and national labs.

  • Thumbnail for Tom Flanagan: NovaUCD

    Tom Flanagan: NovaUCD

    University College Dublin has racked up a number of firsts, including creating Ireland’s first spinout unicorn, Wayflyer. Tom Flanagan, director of enterprise and commercialisation at the university’s innovation office NovaUCD gives us the insider view on how the ecommerce company was born.

  • Thumbnail for Andreea Serban: KIDoc and PhylloPharma

    Andreea Serban: KIDoc and PhylloPharma

    Andreea Serban is a doctor specialising in paediatric surgery and an entrepreneur who’s founded her own healthtech, KIDoc, and joined another, PhylloPharma, as chief operating officer. She’s also a 2022 fellow of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders, a US Department of State programme that invites young entrepreneurs from Europe to the United States, that brought her to the University of Pennsylvania and introduced her to her mentor Michael Poisel, a previous guest on this show.

  • Thumbnail for Bryn Rees: CU Boulder

    Bryn Rees: CU Boulder

    Bryn Rees is the associate vice chancellor for research and innovation, and managing director of Venture Partners at CU Boulder — one of two tech transfer offices in the University of Colorado system.

  • Thumbnail for Neil Gordon: Trinity Innovation

    Neil Gordon: Trinity Innovation

    Ireland, despite its small size, is home to major global tech and pharma companies, and punches above its weight in terms of spinouts that tackle global challenges from sustainable agriculture to cancer vaccines to AI-driven language monitoring, Trinity College Dublin’s Neil Gordon tells us.

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    USIT Guide: A live discussion

    Earlier this year, TenU — an international collaboration between 10 tech transfer offices in the US and Europe developing best practices — launched the University Spinout Investment Terms (USIT) Guide. Developed together with law firms and VC firms throughout the UK, the USIT Guide aims to accelerate negotiations between universities and investors and solve some of the common sticking points in these discussions.