Geneva Pharma Network

WG Biotech: Working with University Tech Transfer Offices

You are invited the next session of the "Start a Biotech" working group.
At this session we will address the most common dealings between biotech companies and tech transfer offices, including evaluating and licensing IP, and negotiating collaboration agreements.
We will be joined by
- Laurent Mieville, Director of Unitec (tech transfer office of UNIGE - see bio below)
- Alexandra Richardson, a business development professional who is a member of GPN and founder of ARB Biotech (Geneva) and Head of Business Development for Clayton Biotechnologies
Afterwards (8 pm?) all are invited to go for an informal dinner at a nearby restaurant.
As always, individuals who are not registered as members of this WG are welcome if they have an interest in the topic - please contact Arthur.
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Laurent Miéville is the Founder and Director of Unitec, the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Geneva (Switzerland). Unitec serves three independent research Institutions in all matters related to commercial evaluation of research results, negotiation of technology licensing deals (including spin-off creation) and industry sponsored research collaborations.

Laurent served from 2007 to 2009 as President the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals - ASTP, which groups more than 600 professionals active in 32 countries.

Following a six month leave of absence spent at Boston University, he recently co-authored with Prof. Georges Haour, of IMD business school, a book about technology transfer (“From Science to Business – How Firms Create Value by partnering with Universities”).

Laurent holds several degrees in Physics (M.Sc., Ph.D.) as well as in economics (MBA) and spent more than ten years in research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Geneva and Stanford University (USA).

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