Legislation, management and technology transfer

A.Y. 2021/2022
12
Max ECTS
136
Overall hours
SSD
MED/43 MED/46
Language
English
Learning objectives
Undefined
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in a single oral examination. There are no intermediate tests.
The oral examination aims at evaluating the ability of the student to express him/herself with clarity and appropriate language on the topics of the course, which deals with the variety of aspects concerning the process of professional technology transfer of scientific knowledge.
The oral exam last, on the average, 20 minutes and consists of the discussion of 2-3 general topics, selected among the general issues, including exploitation strategies for commercial purposes (e.g. licensing or spin-off creation), identification of potential commercial partners (such as spin-offs or existing companies, public research organizations, investors, innovation support agencies), aspects related to the generation and protection of intellectual property.
The outcome of the exam is expressed in thirtieths.
Legislation and technology transfer
Course syllabus
Topics
1) Introduction on key issues of technology transfer: from research outputs to business opportunities
· What is technology transfer from public and private research centres
· What is the role of a Technology Transfer Office (TTO)?

2) The management of knowledge generated from research: phases and regulatory issues
· Research activities: the attribution of ownership and implementation measures
· Collaborative research: the need for prior agreements
· Sponsored research: the definition of roles
· Participation of researchers in the tech transfer results: the incentive policies

3) Protection of the technology
· The intellectual property and its value in the biomedicine sector
· The patent: conceptual and procedural aspects
· Patenting strategies and other forms of protection

4) Assessment and evaluation of technology
· Technology assessment: definition and understanding of the potential of the technology
· The process of patent evaluation
· De-risking strategies: definitions and implementation of actions to increase the technology value in a defined timeframe

5) Exploitation of research results
· Promotion of the technology to investors/industrial partners
· Types of agreements for transferring the rights to a third party (usage/exploitation licensing, full transfer or sale), other types of tech transfer agreements (material transfer, data sharing, non-disclosure), and aspects of negotiation

6) Creation of a company as a mechanism for technology transfer
· The creation of a spin-off
· Roles of researchers and research centre
· Rights and obligations of partners: the shareholders' agreement

7) The process for identifying technology with potential value
· The role of Technology Transfer Offices, tools of the European Commission, research institutes, technology brokers, social media, internet sites and databases, journals, brokerage events
Teaching methods
The course comprises 12 CFU.
Frontal teaching will be accompanied by practicals, group work and time for reflection and collective discussion. Frontal teaching is based on the use of slides in Power Point. The slides are uploaded onto the Ariel website.
These activities are designed to familiarize the students with the different issues throughout the process of technological transfer of scientific knowledge, starting on the identification of the technology, following with the different alternatives for its protection, evaluation and assessment, to conclude with an overview of the exploitation strategies including the promotion activities and the different types of technology transfer agreements, with the ultimate goal to aid the student developing critical-thinking and decision-making in relation to knowledge transfer problems.
Teaching Resources
- University Technology Transfer: What it is and How to do it. Author: Tom Hockaday. Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press April 2020
- I contratti di licenza di trasferimento tecnologico in ambito accademico. Autore: Claudia Del Re. Edizione: il Mulino
- Gli accordi di trasferimento di tecnologia. Autore: Dario Mastrella. Edizione: Giappichelli
Laboratory Management
Course syllabus
1) Principles of Laboratory Management
- Managing operations and processes.
- Planning and control
- Objective setting
- Organization of work

2) Managing Teams in the Laboratory
- Organizational structure
- Job analysis and work description

3) Managing Quality in the Laboratory
- Laboratory Quality Assurance
- Analytical Process Control
- Continuous Improvement
- Risk Management
Teaching methods
The course comprises 12 CFU.
Frontal teaching will be accompanied by practicals, group work and time for reflection and collective discussion (5 CFU). Frontal teaching is based on the use of slides in Power Point. The slides are uploaded onto the Ariel website.
For the Laboratory Management module, these activities are designed to provide the students with critical understanding of laboratory operations and processes, principles of laboratory management, problem and decision making, building and managing an effective team, and strategic skills and competencies, contextualising these within the overall perspective of a laboratory based on -omics technologies. Fort the Legislation and Technology Transfer modules, activities are designed to familiarize the students with the different issues throughout the process of technological transfer of scientific knowledge, starting on the identification of the technology, following with the different alternatives for its protection, evaluation and assessment, to conclude with an overview of the exploitation strategies including the promotion activities and the different types of technology transfer agreements, with the ultimate goal to aid the student developing critical-thinking and decision-making in relation to knowledge transfer problems.
Teaching Resources
· Turgeon, Mary Louise. (2015). Clinical Laboratory Science, 7th ed. Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby. ISBN 9780323225458.

· Laboratory Management: Principles and Processes. Editor(s): Harmening DM. Publisher: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-019459-X.

· University Technology Transfer: What it is and How to do it. Author: Tom Hockaday. Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press April 2020

· I contratti di licenza di trasferimento tecnologico in ambito accademico. Autore: Claudia Del Re. Edizione: il Mulino

· Gli accordi di trasferimento di tecnologia. Autore: Dario Mastrella. Edizione: Giappichelli
Laboratory Management
MED/46 - BIOTECHNOLOGY AND METHODS IN LABORATORY MEDICINE - University credits: 6
Practicals: 80 hours
Lessons: 8 hours
Legislation and technology transfer
MED/43 - FORENSIC MEDICINE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours