Technology Transfer

Knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) encompasses a broad range of activities that support mutually beneficial collaborations between universities, industry and the public sector. In practice, KTT translates into scientific exchange through publications, posters and talks at meetings on one side (see also Events and Education), and in precompetitive or competitive research in collaboration with industry on the other side.

Support to the NCCR TransCure researchers

A KTT committee composed of group leaders and consultants from the private sector offers support in the processes related to IP generation in the identification of the translational potential of the NCCR TransCure projects and in the development of marketable ideas. 

The technology transfer offices of the universities are the primary contact for the practical steps and for the legal advice with regard to patents, spin-off development, contracts and regulation of collaborations, and IP matters in general.

The relevant technology transfer offices for the NCCR TransCure are Unitectra (Universities of Bern, Zürich and Basel), ETH Transfer (ETH Zürich) and pactt (University of Lausanne and CHUV).

KTT Activities

D3 (Drug Discovery and Development) Project Simulation
On September 26-27, 2016, 9 selected NCCR TransCure fellows attended a course offered by Novartis Basel to learn about scientific strategies and decision-making in pharmaceutical companies. This course might take place also next year. Information for 2017 will be published on this page.

NCCR TransCure-Novartis research collaborations
TransCure offers selected PhD students or postdocs the possibility of screening and experimental collaborations with researchers of Novartis Basel. These are an excellent training opportunity, serve to generate better tool compounds for basic research, and help academic PIs and industry partners to profile potential common interests.

Pre-seed workshop

The NCCR TransCure co-organizes the pre-seed workshop series 2016-2018 in partnership with SwissCompanyMaker and other academic partners. This workshops are meant to help young potential enterpreneurs to test the marketability of very early to early stage high-tech ideas and get valuable input from experts on how to move ahead.

The edition 2017 takes place in Geneva on 20,21 & 28 April. Follow the news on the SwissCompanyMaker website or on Twitter @CH_CompanyMaker


Prof. Jürg Gertsch
NCCR TransCure Delegate for KTT

University of Bern
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Bühlstrasse 28
CH-3012 Bern

Tel: +41 (0)31 631 41 24
Email: gertsch(at)ibmm.unibe.ch