A dedicated track covered the issues related to certification and regulatory issues not only found in drugs and medical device but also in food. Though most of us do not actively engage in this area, a basic understanding of the main aspects of these very important steps towards commercialization of research was becoming a pre-requisite for successful licensing strategies.
For those that were newer entrants to the field, or would like to fresh up some items, we provided an introductory track which focuses on the licensing process, an important topic for all of us. We are grateful to Karen Hersey and Morag MacDonald who brought an updated version of their acclaimed introductory track presented at our annual conference in Budapest in 2004.
Our speakers came from a diverse range of backgrounds, institutions and industries and we are enormously grateful to them all for their generosity in giving time and sharing knowledge with us all. The opening plenary speaker was the Former President of LES France, Frédéric Caillaud, who is an expert in licensing trends and was (at that time) leading a committee of IP experts in charge of the preparation of recommendations to the French Ministry of Industry in order to speed-up the development of a more efficient IP market. The speaker at the Friday morning plenary session was Karl Koster, Director of Corporate Relations of MIT. Karl has tremendous experience in dealing with companies interested in interacting with public research institutions and helped us understand what the key drivers are to establish and maintain long term partnerships.
Preceding the conference we offered an optional social programme on the Wednesday afternoon with a visit to the Polytechnic City of Innovation, and a guided tour through the city of Valencia.
Valencia, the third largest city of Spain, is well known for its long history, beautiful buildings and famous paella. Some of you also may know it for its more recent landmarks, like the City of Arts, all to underline the great effort the city nowadays takes in innovation. This dynamic and inspirational atmosphere contributed to an enjoyable and memorable meeting – leaving participants with fresh insights and new colleagues from across the European technology transfer community.
As usual, the fall seminar had a smaller setting than the annual conference. This helped to create an intimate atmosphere with a select audience. It also provided for ample time for interaction and networking.