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Study shows that technology transfer is more important than ever

Sharing ideas, knowledge and technologies is a key success factor in Bavaria’s ability to compete. And knowledge and technology transfer between science and industry is of special importance. A study conducted by Bayern Innovativ titled “The Future of Technology Transfer – an Expedition into the Year 2030” illustrates potential options for shaping the future of technology transfer. Participating in the study as an expert was Philip Frankl, a member of the fortiss Mittelstand team.
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Philip Frankl is the coordinator of transfer projects in the fortiss Mittelstand division and your contact for technology transfer issues.

How do research results make the transition from science to industry and government?  How can society actively participate in new developments or solutions to problems? Answering these and other questions requires keeping pace with the trends and future technologies that impact collaboration between industry and science. For this purpose Bayern Innovativ carried out a study to create possible future scenarios for the area of technology transfer. As a Bavarian community for science and technology transfer, Bayern Innovativ is playing a leading role by working with all relevant players in pursuing the important goal of further developing the transfer ecosystem in Bavaria.

In an interview, Kathrin Singer, project manager for technology and innovation management at Bayern Innovativ, explains why further development is so important at this point. “Technology transfer is extremely important because sharing knowledge and technological findings between different players in industry and science harbors the potential for innovations.”

The transfer landscape in Bavaria offers the ideal conditions

The project team responsible for the study first took a fundamental look at the transfer landscape, particularly the transfer agents and their methods. The analysis included numerous technology transfer stakeholders in Bavaria and their needs. Furthermore, an analysis of the current situation was used to identify the main factors influencing transfer and then condense them into 14 key aspects. These include cooperation with science and industry, government funding, private business investments, the number of skilled personnel, sustainability and value-add to society, artificial intelligence and internationalization, to name just a few. One thing is clear: all of these factors have a significant influence on shaping the future of technology transfer.

Further on in the study, the team discussed and reflected on the key factors with a wide range of industry and science experts, which eventually supplied the foundation for the creation of four consistent scenarios for the year 2030. These future scenarios were validated one more time and then further developed with the support of experts from science, industry and other areas.

Philip Frankl, coordinator for transfer projects in the area of fortiss Mittelstand, participated in the study as an expert. Bringing his specific expertise in the field of technology transfer at fortiss to the study, he maintains that “Transferring technology from science to industry enables the effective implementation of research results into market-ready solutions and thus contributes to more innovation and business success. In terms of technology transfer, fortiss places a clear and special focus on facilitating access to the latest research results in the area of digitalization for small-to-medium enterprises (Mittelstand) and helping these companies to take further steps.”

Know how it works – transfer technology at fortiss

The Research Institute of the Free State of Bavaria for Software-intensive Systems is already demonstrating today how technology transfer can be ideally implemented. fortiss has carried out more than 300 publicly-financed joint research projects over the past 10 years with a wide range of partners. The Mittelstand department at fortiss is partnering with Bayern Innovativ to bundle an attractive portfolio of information, qualification and implementation services for small-to-medium enterprises in Bavaria. The fortiss employees are also coordinating tailored solutions for innovation projects, such as through training programs, coaching, trend and technology scouting, as well as financial support consulting in all phases of the innovation process.

You can read all success factors for a successful technology transfer in the complete study The Future of Technology Transfer – an Expedition into the Year 2030. In the lower section of this page you can access the study at Bayern Innovativ.

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