Technology Transfer Office

  “Protein boosters” technology was awarded one of the
START:IP prizes



The team formed by Dr. Nadezda Sedlyarova (Max F. Perutz Laboratories) and Dr. Jürgen Mairhofer (enGenes Biotech GmbH) was awarded one of the START:IP prizes at a ceremony in Vienna on February 1st, 2018. START:IP is an INiTS‘ initiative aimed at matching academic technologies with founders and investors. The “Protein boosters” technology, developed in Prof. Reneé Schroeder’s group, concerns the use of specific RNA sequences to up-regulate protein expression. The Technology Transfer Office has been supporting Prof. Reneé Schroeder and Dr. Nadezda Sedlyarova in applying for a patent on this technology and seeking commercial partners.

Hot off the Press: “Protein Boosters” is one of five university research projects nominated for the 2018 Houska Prize, in acknowledgement of excellent scientific research with economic potential!

  Chemiereport on Christian Doppler Laboratory for
knowledge-based structural biology and biotechnology



The Austrian chemical industry journal Chemiereport featured an article on the the CD-Lab for knowledge-based structural biology and biotechnology led by Prof. Kristina Djinovic-Carugo and Prof. Robert Konrat. Within the frame of their cooperation with Boehringer Ingelheim, Arsanis Biosciences and Biomin Holding, the researchers use a combination of novel computer-based methods with biophysical techniques. This approach will allow them to address long-standing questions about protein structure, function and interactions essential for the development of therapies for a wide range of diseases.

The Christian Doppler Laboratory promotes cooperation between science and industry, funding research programmes for a period of 7 years and up to EUR 600.000 per year. Applications are accepted continuously.

  Focus on… Material Transfer Agreements



Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are short contracts that define the conditions under which property in the form of research materials (such as plasmids, cell lines, chemical compounds and so on) is exchanged between institutions or companies. These rules ensure, for instance, that recipients are not permitted to use the material indefinitely, cannot conduct commercial research with the material, may not pass the material onto others without permission, are obliged to acknowledge the source of material in publications, and even (under certain circumstances) share ownership in intellectual property generated around the material at the recipient institution. University of Vienna researchers sending material out to companies or external academic groups should ensure that an MTA is signed before shipping takes place. The TTO will provide a standard outgoing MTA upon request. Incoming MTAs for material from other sources must be reviewed by the TTO to ensure the conditions are not burdensome or disproportionate. Following positive review, both outgoing and incoming MTAs must be signed off at the TTO under the authority of the Rectorate.

  Alpbach Entrepreneurship Summer School 2018, 16th-23rd
August 2018



Registrations are now open for the I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship. The course provides tools on how to start a business, valuable contacts with renowned entrepreneurs and experts and encourages post-docs and students to turn their ideas into reality.

This intensive week will focus on the development of winning action plans for new business ideas through mentored due diligence and on the development of a process for next steps of taking the idea forward in the commercial area.

The target group of the Summer School are Master and PhD students, post-docs and researchers from the fields of technology, science, advanced engineering, life science, physics, mathematics, IT and AI as well as early-stage start-ups with technology or science Projects.

  Patent Searching Workshop - March 21st, Austrian Patent Office



In addition to literature research, patent search is an essential tool for avoiding duplication of research, since many company developments are only published in the context of patent applications. Building on the fundamentals of patents and the search in patent databases, the workshop aims to provide not only participants with relevant hands-on examples on the computer, but also individual support for the search.

The number of participants is limited to 12 people. The attendance of the course is restricted to members of any Viennese university. The lectures will be held in English if required.

For additional information and registration, please click the following link.

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