Tech transfer current reforms in France: SATT- tech transfer accelerating companies
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Tech transfer current reforms in France: SATT- tech transfer accelerating companies



Marseille MET3 Conference presentation. 2nd April 2012.

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    Tech transfer current reforms in France: SATT- tech transfer accelerating companies Tech transfer current reforms in France: SATT- tech transfer accelerating companies Presentation Transcript

    • Tech transfer current reforms in France:SATT- tech transfer accelerating companies Ph.D, Vincent LAMANDE, Past President réseau C.U.R.I.E. Deputy director Bretagne Valorisation Key Success Factors to better Technology Transfer
    • Tech transfer: a challenging missionRequirements• Innovation is vital for job creation & economic recovery• Global competition (Eu vs Asia)Working conditions• Researchers are discovery minded (publications vs patent)• Public funding for universities is decreasing• Universities are increasing commercial activities• The funding gap for new ventures is widening• Global competition for IP is increasing 3
    • Tech Transfer French Specificities• 80+ autonomous universities looking for critical size• CNRS, a large national research organisation associated to univs. having delegated its TT to it’s private TTO.• Strong national thematic research organisations having a long tradition in TT• Since 6 years: Emerging “local” entities : • at regional level (i.e. Bretagne, Aquitaine, Alsace) • At municipal level when big enough (Paris, Lyon, Toulouse)• Dual system, & differences among structures
    • Background: 14 existing mutualised organisations inFrance since 2006 • Researchers concerned : 47 000 • Full time professionals for TT : 100 persons • 50% TT Professionals issued from former univ. • 50% new staff • Convincing results, a validated model BUT: • Strong need to increase financial and human resources • Lab researchers from national organisms not concerned • Limited geographical coverageInspiration for SATT call for tender, SATT is a v.2.0
    • Which change do we expect now?• Settling up new “big size” Tech transfer organizations• With high professionalism and trained staff• Strengthening regional TTO close to labs & industry needs• Supporting technology “proof-of-concept” (prototyping, transnational research) for innovative applications Bring value to academic inventions & boost tech transfer for the public benefit 6
    • National commitments to innovation (1)1 billion € invested through a national loan « investissements davenir » “investments for the future”• 900 Millions €,• 12 SATT (Acceleration TT companies)+• 50 Millions €, 5 national thematic TT clusters• 50 Millions €, France Brevet (IP fund)• National calls for proposal early 2011• Selection of projects nationwide by an international committee• Additional support from Regions and private sector• 2012, Creation of 5 first SATT
    • National commitments to innovation (2)Core objective: Accelerating Tech transfer Create value through POC funding Strong IP management & efficient technology commercializationMain challenges Preserve intellectual property rights & protect assets Create value through POC funding Create the best environment to facilitate partnerships with companies and other partners Transfer technologies through licensing and spin off creation
    • SATT: a new tech transfer system Merger at regional level between univs and engineering schools TTOs, plus numerous TT national organisms – To reach a critical mass of TT professionals – To manage significant IP portfolio in a single entity – To increase Marketing capabilities & bargaining power – To Add value to inventions (potential innovations) Frame agreement with other national research organizations – To access high profile services in specific fields (Health, Agro, etc.) – To expand international network & global markets
    • SATT – Acceleration Tech transfer companiesup to 1st Jan. 2012 15 projects evaluated 9 labellised556 millions € distributed 484M€ 6 3 Ile de France 78 36 68 591M€ 70 4 In Millions € Lutech 78 PACA Corse 78 Ouest Valorisation 70 367M€ 48 Toulouse Tech Transfer 70 IDF - Innov 68 70 78 Nord de France 63 45 1200 Aquitaine 48 Languedoc Roussillon 45 405M€ Conectus Alsace 36 © Réseau C.U.R.I.E. Source : Ministère de lEnseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche
    • SATT Valorisation Process Transfer for Support research and secure IP Create and exploitation validate value Proof of LicensingCollaborative concept research Intellectual property Business (patent, Spin off Unit soft, know- Academic how) research Technologic al platforms Support activities Core business
    • SATT core missions (1) Provide a large range of services related to TT and commercialisation activities: Promote innovation culture at campus level Educational sessions to researchers and master degree Support collaborative research Detect innovations at labs (invention disclosures) Manage IP portfolio Organize company scouting and answer industry requests
    • SATT core missions (2) Organize vertical integration of TT activities: Project engineering from early stage technology to commercialization and transfer Defining IP & TT strategies Support patenting process and IP costs, up to prosecution Financial support to innovative projects (patents, maturation, pre-incubation, incubation, etc.) Manage high quality license agreements
    • OuestValorisation PACA Corse Industrial partnerships, collaborative research Multi-parter R&D (FUI, FP) Services to univs. (detection, awareness, Services eudcation) Others (expertise, pft management) IP management Maturation, prototyping Transfert(promotion, tech transfer) Maturation &Transfer Spin off creation
    • Business Model • Services at market price or success fees (engineering of collaborative research / FP7) • IP belongs to shareholders • Shareholders committed to exclusively entrust SATT with increasing the value of results of their research departments • Exclusive license of shareholder patents given to SATT then sublicensed to industrial partners • License revenues shared between SATT, patent owners and inventors • SATT will be shareholder of start-up Model based on medium term results  10 years. But evaluation every three years. 16
    • Main challenges within three years• Governance: Share a common culture of innovation between different academic institutions• Become the TT “internal” instrument of academic research, not a private subcontractor• Convince scientific community of the paradigm change : • Utility of valorisation (Research + application = mission) • Culture of innovation• Setup the adequate team: • Avoid the « all business » myth (it is not only a matter of marketing) • Keep capitalizing on past experience • Accept the market price (remuneration)• Become fully integrated to ecosystem
    • Thanks for your attention!