Marta Catarino is the Director of the Technology Transfer Office of University of Minho – TecMinho, where she manages a team of 12 experienced professionals in 3 business units: Industrial Property Management, Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.

Since 2010, Marta is also Advisor to the Vice-Rector for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where she supports the definition and implementation of Innovation and Entrepreneurship policies and manages the University’s participation in private holdings. With an academic background in Engineering and post-grad studies in Industrial Property, Marketing and Strategic Management, Marta has been working as a Tech Transfer professional for more than 10 years.

TecMinho is a very dynamic Tech Transfer Office in Portugal, with an extensive track record in managing Intellectual Property, licensing and establishing successful transnational University-Industry collaborative projects. Recently, the Office has been particularly committed towards supporting the creation of knowledge intensive spin-off companies, establishing pre-seed and proof-of-concept funds and promoting creativity and entrepreneurship throughout the academia.

Marta has an extensive experience delivering seminars, workshops and training in more than 20 countries, and in evaluating innovation and proof-of-concept projects for the European Research Council and for Regional and National bodies in several European countries.

Since 2011 Marta was a Board Member of Proton Europe, actively promoted the merger with ASTP, and has been a Board Member of ASTP-Proton since 2013. Marta was elected President of ASTP-Proton, the European Knowledge Transfer Association, since May 2016.