Silvio Bonaccio: ETH Zurich

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tech Transfer podcast we are joined by Silvio Bonaccio, head of ETH transfer, the commercialisation office for ETH Zurich, to discuss how he built the office from scratch two decades ago and turned it into one of the most successful in the world, why spinout survival rates can be misleading and why all that talk about continental Europe not doing a great job churning out companies and raising big funds ignores all the fantastic work that is going on not just in Zurich but in other cities and countries too.
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Anne Lane: UCL Business

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tech Transfer podcast, we talk to Anne Lane, chief executive of University College London’s wholly-owned commercialisation subsidiary UCL Business about the importance of the UCL Technology Fund and Apollo Therapeutics, the advantages of social enterprises and working with carmaker Mercedes on a medical device to aid covid patients in intensive care.  

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George Baxter: Edinburgh Innovations

Thierry Heles talks to George Baxter, chief executive of Edinburgh Innovations about the strengths of the Scottish ecosystem, leading a tech transfer office that also handles student startups and the importance of public funding (and giving the taxpayer their money’s worth).

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Larry Loev: Ariel Scientific Innovations

Thierry Heles talks to Larry Loev, chief executive of Ariel Scientific Innovations, about leading a tech transfer office for a young but ambitious university, the opportunities of tech transfer in a country famed for its startup ecosystem and how to bring innovation to oenology.

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Mike Zimmerman: Main Sequence Ventures

Thierry Heles talks to Mike Zimmerman, partner at Main Sequence Ventures, about improving commercialisation activities in Australia, the importance of deep tech over the next few decades and developing a plant-based burger in partnership with Hungry Jack’s at breakneck speed.

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Kelly Sexton: University of Michigan

Thierry Heles talks to Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research – Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships at University of Michigan. In this role, she supports and encourages university-wide programs for intellectual property development, innovation, and engagement with business and venture communities in the region, across the nation, and around the globe.

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Alastair Hick: Monash Innovation

Thierry Heles talks to Alastair Hick, senior director at Monash Innovation.

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Moray Wright: Parkwalk Advisors

Thierry Heles talks to Moray Wright, co-founder and chief executive of Parkwalk Advisors, the fund management subsidiary of commercialisation firm IP Group.

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Alicia Löffler: Northwestern University

Thierry Heles talks to Alicia Löffler, associate provost for Innovation & New Ventures, associate vice president for Research and executive director, INVO, Center for Translational Innovation (CTI) at Northwestern University.

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Nichole Mercier: Washington University in St Louis

Thierry Heles talks to Nichole Mercier, assistant vice-chancellor and managing director for technology transfer at Washington University in St Louis, about increasing engagement from female researchers, the impact of the pandemic on women faculty with children and fostering serial entrepreneurs that choose to stay in the local ecosystem.

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