Technology Transfer Office

  Congratulations to Prof. Maulide and Prof. Zagrovic for
being awarded ERC Proof of Concept



We are pleased to announce that Prof. Nuno Maulide (Faculty of Chemistry) and Prof. Bojan Zagrovic (Centre for Molecular Biology) have each been awarded ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) grant.

The ERC PoC grant funds ERC holders to establish proof of concept of the results generated in their ERC projects. To be eligible, the ERC project has to be current or ended in 2017. The PoC grant aims at closing the gap between innovative ideas and their commercialization and, to this end, funding is granted for a period of 18 months and up to € 150.000.

The TTO supported both proposals during the application process. Prof. Maulide’s project concerns a redox-neutral process for the cost-efficient and environmentally friendly production of Menthol.  “The TTO was extremely helpful during the application process. They were available for consultations prior to the call, sharing information and previous experience. Then, as I prepared the grant, the TTO reviewed an advanced draft and gave invaluable comments regarding the strategy of converting an academic idea into a marketable process. As this is something which is usually not in the minds of most group leaders, I was very happy to get such support. Through the process of discussing and preparing the PoC grant proposal, I should say that the TTO has raised my awareness towards economic applications of our discoveries in the realm of basic research” (Prof. Nuno Maulide).

The project of Prof. Zagrovic is focused on short, weakly interacting RNA ligands for the development of high-concentration monoclonal antibody therapeutics. “Support and advice of University of Vienna TTO, and especially Ingrid Kelly Spillmann, was key for coming up with a competitive proposal. From facilitating contacts with the key industry players to providing legal advice to even helping us realise the full applied potential our ideas, the input of Dr. Kelly and TTO was simply superb. We look forward to working closely with them during the lifetime of the project” (Prof. Bojan Zagrovic).

The next deadline for submission of proposals is on September 11, 2018. For additional information, please click the following link.

  LaserEye and ToxPHACTS shortlisted for the Rudolf
Sallinger Fonds Prize



These 2 spin-offs of the University of Vienna have made it into the top 10 for the Science & Business Award from the Rudolf Sallinger Fund. The prize supports early-stage commercialization projects with €  20.000 and mentoring.

The LaserEye’s team is composed of Ugur Sezer, Dr. Philipp Geyer and Christoph Götz. The team has developed virtual reality glasses that meet the highest security measures required when working with lasers in industry, science and research. LaserEye ensures 100% eye protection and allows visualization of dangerous laser beams and display of digital information.

ToxPHACTS have been developed by Prof. Gerhard Ecker, Anika Dangl, Dr. Melanie Grandits, Jana Gurinova and Eng. Bernhard Knasmüller. ToxPHACTS is an expert system for safety assessment of new drugs which allows the prediction of side effects. The data driven computational tool integrates various data sources, advanced visualization tools and powerful algorithms for the analysis of big data. ToxPHACTS will help pharmaceutical companies to save money, time and reduce the number of animal experiments.

The award ceremony will take place on June 6, 2018.

  Wine & Cheese Information Event: FFG Call Spin-off Fellowship



The Wine & Cheese information event for the second call of the FFG Call Spin-off Fellowship toke place on May 2nd at the Research Services. The interesting and informative event gathered participants from different research fields, ranging from pharmacognosy to social sciences. Representatives from FFG, INiTS, u:start, WTZ-Ost, the Research Services and the TTO, presented the facts and details on the Spin-off Fellowship. Their presentations were followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Please click on the following links for additional information on the FFG Spin-off Fellowship and the WTZ Ost support program for applicants.

  Pitching for scientists, WTZ Ost – May 30th 2018



To give a great pitch is crucial to promote an idea and impress potential investors. The Pitching for scientists workshop organized by Wissenstransferzentrum Ost at the University of Vienna, will allow researchers to learn how to design an effective pitch and how to present their research in an understandable and convincing manner. The trainer, Mag. Tobias Göllner, is founder of ShiftYard, an agency focused on teaching established companies and start-up’s founders successful tools for innovation development.

For additional information and registration, please click here.

  Entrepreneurship Avenue Conference 2018 – 4th June 2018



The Entrepreneurship Avenue Conference is jointly organized by SIMConnect and ECNetwork. The main goal of the conference is to motivate, support and inspire students to join the startup scene.

During lectures, workshops and networking activities, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of founders, investors and inspiring minds from Silicon Valley and Europe. They will get insights into funding opportunities, trends and entrepreneurial life, and will learn about job opportunities.

For additional information and registration, please click here.

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