Strong innovation support planned for Biomedicum
Biomedicum’s future departments may already today be KI’s “hotspots” as regards over 200 people being involved in innovation in various ways, as listeners heard at the seminar on innovation support that was held in March. Now plans are being made for increased innovation support after the relocations.
Representatives of KI’s innovation system, Innovation 4U, are currently touring the university’s departments and on 14 March it was the turn of the future Biomedicum departments. Listeners to the presentations heard among other things about help available to researchers through the support system and about courses, networks and funding.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Commercial Outreach Alexander von Gabain began by presenting KI’s visions and plans in Strategi 2018 for improving the innovation climate at KI.
“KI is high on the world’s ranking lists for its research, but it does not appear on the Thomson Reuters list 2015 of the 100 most innovative universities, as for example Harvard and Stanford do. But the prerequisites are now in place: we have today an innovation support system at KI that has shown to deliver and the great potential to further improve,” says Alexander von Gabain.
He spoke about his views on the KI innovation system and how it has developed in recent years to better support interaction between research, education and innovation and help researchers find their way. Today the Innovation office, the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship, KI Innovations and KI Science Park all work under a common web portal called “Innovation Support 4U” on ki.se.
Richard Cowburn, acting head of the Innovation Office described what kinds of industry/company collaborations there are, what support researchers can get throughout the entire process from idea to finished product and how to find funding. The Innovation Office services are totally free of charge for KI researchers.
“Biomedicum may become KI’s ‘hotspot’ for innovation,” said Patrik Blomquist, Innovation Manager at KI Innovations, as many researchers today are or have been involved in different innovation projects and large parts of KI’s pre-clinical research will be brought together under the same roof. Patrik Blomquist believes that a great many embryos of innovations will then be able to be created in that environment.
“Many innovations that have already come from the Biomedicum departments have both created great value and led to commercial products. A UBE study shows that we also have a large share of patent applications,” Patrik Blomquist went on.
He also briefly described the plans for increasing innovation support at Biomedicum and actually being in the building with various activities like lectures, exhibitions and a helpdesk so that the innovation system is in close proximity to the researchers.
Professors Mats Wahlgren (MTC) and Agneta Richter-Dahlfors (Neuro) and doctoral student Pedro Réu (CMB) rounded off the seminar by describing what paths they took to get from idea to finished product or prototype.
Biomedicine student Ricardo Florez afterwards expressed his satisfaction with the seminar:
“It was really an inspiration and has given me new insights and ideas, for example about funding, the patent database and how to get in touch with people,” he said.
Text: Helena Mayer