A step further in innovation: Institut Curie launches its internal Tech Transfer Ambassadors Network
Institut Curie is opening a new page in its commitment to innovation by announcing the launch of its internal Tech Transfer Ambassadors Network (TTA), bringing together employees who agree to carry out the missions of an TTA on a voluntary basis. This initiative is part of the Carnot Curie Cancer project supported by the French National Research Agency. The goal? To promote technology transfer at Institut Curie. This is a challenge that Institut Curie’s Technology Transfer Office takes up on a daily basis by supporting Institut Curie's employee-inventors in bringing their projects to life so that new therapeutic solutions can benefit as many people as possible.
To do this, the Technology Transfer Office works closely with the medical-scientific program project leaders, LABEX managers and some lecturers and project leaders. In order to optimize all aspects of technology transfer, the internal Tech Transfer Ambassadors Network will bring together these collaborators to establish a direct link between the Technology Transfer Office and the research and care teams, making it possible to identify innovations more quickly and thus facilitate their transfer. More specifically, this network will pursue the following objectives:
- To highlight functions already carried out by some collaborators and to support others in missions that are complementary to their existing missions.
- To improve the support of research and care teams in all aspects of technology transfer: detection of innovations, maturation, partnership research.
The structuring of the network has been formalized by the establishment of an official charter with the aim of clarifying the missions of the TTAs in relation with the Technology Transfer Office's collaborators and defining their mutual interactions.
The network now has fourteen TTAs spread across a wide variety of research units and departments in the hospital complex. Eventually, the goal is for each unit/department to have a referent among the members of the TTA network in order to facilitate the detection of innovations in all Institut Curie's fields of expertise.
In order to be accompanied as best as possible in the handling of these new missions for some and to perfect their skills in the field of technology transfer for others, the TTAs will benefit from regular specialized training and adapted follow-up (meetings and immersion courses at the Technology Transfer Office, etc.). An adventure that promises to be enriching and full of new challenges, as testified by some of the ambassadors: