Do you wish to bring your science to the market?

Do you want experts to show you the way?

International Summer School

on Technology Transfer

in Life Sciences

17th - 21st September 2018
Dresden, Germany


What it is all about

The neglected starting point

Learn how to identify the innovative potential within your own research.

The theory

Get to know the options that you have to bring your inventions to the market and generate money with it.


Develop your idea or invention towards a real innovation with the help of experts.

It's all about money

Gain knowledge on potential funding opportunities.

Expert talk

Get in touch with successful founders of life science companies and find out about the challenges they faced – and how they solved them.

Jump start

Focus on your idea. Don't worry about finances. Accommodation costs are covered for all selected participants.

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"I've already participated in a couple of technology transfer programmes in England, but none of them was so intense and practice oriented and analysed the topic so comprehensively."

- Sean Song, King's College London, England

"The difference between the project presentations at the beginning of the week and at the end was unbelievable. You could clearly see how much all of us had learnt."

- Ivan Burkov, University of Barcelona, Spain

"The summer school has opened up a completely new perspective for me and influenced my thinking substantially. I also totally fell in love with Dresden. It is a very beautiful city with a charming atmosphere."

- Bita Sedaghati, University of Leipzig, Germany


The schedule


  Idea and potential identification and evaluation
Workshop: Identifying potentials in your own research activities

Currently, researchers mainly focus on their ongoing research and potential new research activities in order to publish their results in scientific journals. However, they rarely screen for opportunities to transfer their research results towards the economic market. Therefore, many potential inventions remain unnoticed and left unexploited. During the first day, experts from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will provide you with an overview on how to identify an invention and how to assess its technological and commercial potential. The module aims at sensitizing you to regularly evaluate the potential of your own research results and provides you with tools to decide whether a research result could be a potential invention.


  Licensing or Spin-off: The decision making step
Workshop: How to apply the decision making step for my invention

There are two ways on how to exploit a patent: either it will be licensed and/or sold to external partners, or the patent becomes part of a spin-off. Patent exploitation experts will impart knowledge on how to strategically decide for the right option: does a patent have the potential to become the basis for a spin-off or shall it rather be licensed and/or sold to external partners? The third module will sensitize you not only to identify a potential invention, but also to be aware of the different routes your invention can take towards the market, and which role you play in this process.


  Protection of Intellectual Property (IP)

Inventions need to be protected and there are different ways to do so. Especially in life sciences, the most important option is filing patents. Therefore, the second day provides you with a brief overview on different types of IP, followed by an in depth overview on legal and structural issues of patents, given by an IP lawyer highly experienced in life science patents. This second module focuses on biotech-specific patenting features, esp. highlighting so far uncertain patenting areas in life sciences – and how to cope with that. In terms of tools, you will be introduced to the concept of an invention disclosure.


An experienced patent lawyer will introduce you to the patent exploitation strategy of licensing and provide a broad overview on the different types of agreements, basic license terms and the legal aspects that play an essential role when negotiating with a company.


  How to start up: Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences
Workshop: Business model generation

Having received a comprehensive overview on licensing, you will be introduced to the spin-off pathway on how to exploit a patent. Colleagues from dresden׀exists, the founder’s initiative of TU Dresden, will provide you with a brief introduction to the business model concept and on how to write a business plan. The workshop allows you to create a business model out of your own invention, and to develop a draft of the respective business plan.

  Venture capital as a source of money
Workshop: "Scientists 2 Industry" Dos and Don'ts when approaching the Life Science industry

The fourth day will concentrate on potential private industry as well as venture capital funding sources that allow for the commercialization of an invention. Furthermore, we will introduce the concept of life science incubators that combine venture capital funding with lab and space provision as well as different types of entrepreneurial support and consulting. The subsequent workshop will sensitize you on how to approach industry and provide practical information on how to pitch.


  Presentation of workshop results - Pitching

On the last day, you will get the chance to present your projects developed during the workshops in a mock pitch to a selected group of experts. Their feedback will allow you to further improve your business idea and to decide how to go on after the Summer School.


Medical Faculty at TU Dresden. The Synergetic University.

Get connected to the international life science community in Dresden

Dresden has become an excellent international research centre. Especially in the field of life sciences (medicine, molecular cell- and developmental biology, stem cell research, genomics, etc.) and engineering (tissue engineering, biomaterials science, chemistry, nanotechnology) Dresden holds outstanding expertise with research institutes and biotechnology companies forming an innovative research community.

The Medical Faculty at the Elite University TU Dresden, organizer of the International Summer School on Technology Transfer, is deeply embedded in this broad and interdisciplinary network for biomedical research. Its research groups follow a translational and interdisciplinary approach by cooperating with the nearby

  Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG),
  University Hospital "Carl Gustav Carus" (clinical departments),
  Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials,
  Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) of the TU Dresden,
  Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)
and many more.

The summer school itself will take place in the premises of the
which is a business incubator and a regional centre of excellence connecting industrial institutions, the University of Technology and other research institutes.


Where to stay

Accommodation will be provided for all summer school participants

The 4-star superior hotel "Am Blauen Wunder" is located in Blasewitz, one of the most beautiful districts of Dresden. It is the ideal place to relax after a successful workshop day. Nearby you find the public transport, serving for trips either to the historic city centre (20 min by tram line 12) or the so-called "Kneipenviertel" (20 min by tram line 6). Or why not stroll along the green banks of the river Elbe, only a few minutes walk away. Nice bars and restaurants invite you to enjoy the atmosphere of a late summer evening.

Hotel Am Blauen Wunder
Loschwitzer Str. 48
01309 Dresden


Just a few clicks away

Do you want to learn how to make use of your research potential? If you are a research group leader or have almost finished your PhD, apply here for the International Summer School on Technology Transfer in Life Sciences and use the chance to bring your idea one step further to the market. Please fill in the application form. Based on all applications a selection committee consisting of high-profile technology transfer experts will select a restricted number of participants. Please note that the committee will especially be interested in your motivation.

  Online application is closed. Thanks for all submissions! We will get in touch with you.


For all your queries

Ms Maike Heber
Department for Development and International Affairs
Medical Faculty at the Technische Universität Dresden

  +49 (0)351 458 7535

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International Summer School on Technology Transfer in Life Sciences

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Prof. Dr. Stefan R. Bornstein
Prodekan für Entwicklung und Internationales

Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus Dresden
der Technischen Universität Dresden

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