Knowledge Stock Exchange


The Knowledge Stock Exchange (KSE) is divided into three parallel streams: Marketplace, Initiative Sharing, and Ecosystem Insights. The three streams are held in parallel, separate rooms. Within each stream, a session will last 15 minutes. You are free to change stream and room, making your own programme and following your own areas of interest.

Plan your own KSE agenda by attending any of the following 15 minutes sessions:

  • Marketplace: Learn about companies’ services and tools, to help you boost your K/TTO activity.
  • Initiative sharing: Use this opportunity as a source of inspiration or to identify possible partners.
  • Ecosystem Insights: During these 15-minute slots speakers from diverse parts of the ecosystem shall shed their light on the knowledge transfer spectrum



As participants, you can plan your own 90 minute-KSE agenda by attending any of the 15 minutes sessions of your choice. The recognisable gong will be sounded every 15 minutes allowing you to move and attend all three tracks of the KSE: Marketplace, Initiative sharing, and Ecosystem Insights.



Learn about companies’ services and tools, to help you boost your K/TTO activity. Does your company service K/TTO activity?

Moderator: Steven Tan, Nascent Ventures B.V., Netherlands

To claim your 15 minutes of fame, email: arlyta.wibowo@astp-proton.eu

KSE – Marketplace schedule – 2018 Annual Conference

Location: Reine Elisabeth Auditorium

Thursday, 24 MayMarketplace 
13:30-13:45 Patent Information and Technology Transfer

Michel Caldana, Director of Picarré, Belgium

Patent databases are well known sources of technical and legal information commonly used in prior art searches, freedom-to-operate searches, etc. Their business content can also be advantageously exploited particularly in patent mappings to help the tech transfer specialists to identify potential licensees, business or research partners. Combined with economic, financial or more generally contextual data, patent mappings are a powerful tool for taking efficient business decisions. With experience in patent information Picarré IP counsels help the Wallonia tech transfer offices during EU and regional calls for projects and in the process of spin-off creation.

13:45-14:005 Key Reasons to use Ximbio for Commercialising Research Reagents

Isobel Atkin, Senior Portfolio Manager, Ximbio, UK

[Research reagents, such as antibodies, mice and cell lines are the cornerstones of basic scientific research; Ximbio is a marketplace for scientists to maximise commercial opportunities for these tools. Tech transfer offices are opting to work with Ximbio recognising its commercial reach and ability to secure physical material.

14:00-14:15Opportunities for EU Universities to Reach out to Japanese Partners and Potential Licensees

Luca Escoffier, Project Manager | EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, Japan

In this talk, the Project Manager of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo, will introduce the audience to the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk. The services of the Helpdesk aim at supporting EU and Japanese companies, universities, research centres and individuals in their steps to search for technologies and to understand the mechanics of tech transfer transactions, as well as bridging the knowledge gap about current available technologies from both Japan and the EU. From this talk, it will emerge that TTOs from the EU have several opportunities to interact with the Helpdesk, participating in podcasts and webinars, posting their available technologies on the Helpdesk's site and be actively involved in search for technologies received by the Helpdesk from Japanese companies, and so forth.

EU Japan Helpdesk
14:15-14:30NLC | The Healthtech Venture Builder

Alain Kummer, Director Scouting & Medical Affairs

NLC is the European healthtech venture builder, bringing science-based healthtech inventions to life. Due to market complexities at least 95% of healthtech inventions never reach the patient and the market, regardless of their relevance or brilliance. At NLC, we don’t accept this status quo. We call this opportunity, by bringing together the best tech, the best people, and the best capital to build life-changing healthtech ventures. We have designed a bold model to create early stage healthtech innovation. We step in when inventors need us most. We can step in because our model and mission are fully aligned to bring science to life. Our multilingual team is able to speak the languages of the many different silos. We build healthtech ventures, together with leading european research institutes, top-notch hospitals, TTO’s, entrepreneurs and global market leaders. Together, we fulfil our mission to bring science to life.


Dr Angela Miller, Senior Business Manager, LifeArc

LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients.

LifeArc pioneers new ways to turn great science into greater patient impact. It brings together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases and directly funds academic and early stage research.

So far, LifeArc’s work has helped to develop four drugs (Keytruda®, Actemra®, Tysabri® and Entyvio®) and a test for antimicrobial resistance.

14:45-15:00 Golden tips for IP protection for universities and start-ups

Eva Eulaers, Dutch Patent Attorney, V.O. Patents & Trademarks, the Netherlands

Knowledge and technology transfer centres play a key role in the valorization of research generated by universities or research institutes. Patents are a valuable instrument in protecting the potential market value of that research. V.O. Patents and Trademarks has a long-standing experience in accompanying universities and start-ups active in a broad range of technology and science in taking the right decisions with respect to the protection, exploitation and management of their IP, including IP issues in collaboration with third parties.



TTOs will present their initiatives or share a dilemma they are facing. Use this opportunity as a source of inspiration or to identify possible partners. Do you want to share your project or idea with the experts from the field of technology transfer? Submit this application to secure a slot.

Moderator: Marc Legal, CEO, Olisens, France

KSE – Initiative sharing schedule – 2018 Annual Conference

Location: Charles Rogier Auditorium

Thursday, 24 MayInitiative Sharing 
13:30-13:45Valued the Unvalued

Jean-Claude Sabourin, Business Strategy Analyst, Univalor-Montreal, Canada

Researchers are developing a huge quantity of tools (case studies, training kits, guides, reports, market studies, apps, protocols, software, calculators, etc.) that are difficult to valorise via usual means (patents and licensing). As a TTO organisation, we have created a spin-off that offers a platform to promote and valorise these tools. Many Public Research Organisation and TTOs from North America, Europe and Africa are already using it.

13:45-14:00IP Training in an Innovative Way: Get Participants Playful and Active

Elodie Naveau, Knowledge Transfer Officer - IP Management, University of Liege - Interface Entreprises, Belgium

Raising awareness for IP among researchers is a common issue for KTOs.

After several years of presenting slides in front of students who were sitting and listening passively, I decided to revise the course and get the audience more active. This initiative took place after a one-day introduction to the THIAGI method organised by our university. The THIAGI method consist of delivering training in a playfully way. Participants are invited to stand up, question their neighbours, make summaries, throw a ball to someone else to get the answer and so on. The methods have been used for two sessions about IP rights and knowledge transfer.

In this presentation, I shall share student appreciation as well as the preparative work needed to make it a success.

14:00-14:15“What’s Next ?” the new look Fall Meeting……

Laura MacDonald, General Manager, ASTP-Proton, the Netherlands
Alex Mouret, Director, Brave New World | PR Luris | Director LIFF, the Netherlands

This year’s Fall Meeting will be coming to Leiden on 7th and 8th November, with a new programme style reinforcing the philosophy of the Fall Meeting - driven by the members, seeking ways to learn even more about the world of innovation.

On 8th and 9th November our neighbour in Leiden will be Brave New World - an international conference for people who want to know what the future holds and how this will affect their business, policies and life. With the opportunity for fascinating cross-over plenary speakers, the programme is being developed with co-operative learning in mind including some sessions which will be interesting for both audiences.

For the ASTP-Proton community, our days will be dedicated to masterclasses, workshops, a hub space dedicated to SSHA, and access to Brave New World which will be exploring themes such as Trust in Technology.
14:15-14:30Crossing the Chasm...in technology commercialisation. Proof of Concept funding at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Shiva Loccisano, Head of Technology Transfer and Industrial Liaison Department, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

The so-called “valley of the dead” for technology is represented by the market failure phase that comes in the “late research stages”, with TRL (Technology Readiness Level) ranging from 3-4 to 5-6, depending on the specific sectors.

Borrowing a concept from the world of economics, we will talk about how to "cross the chasm" represented by this critical step in technology development. We will share with colleagues a "gap funding initiative" we set up at our university.

14:30-14:45A Readiness level scales based tool to support the collaboration management of the Knowledge Transfer process

Olivier Gillieaux, enior Tech Transfer Officer, ULiège Interface Entreprises, Belgium

The knowledge transfer process is an innovation process and in each innovation process, three main items must be focused on: the technology, the application/market, and the resources : human, material, and financial.

The innovation process is collaborative because it is impossible to find one person with all the required skills. To make the collaborative approach efficient, it is important that all partners share the same view of the progress. This is the proposed goal of the excel sheet tool. Based on the Technology Readiness Level and the Commercial Readiness Level (a scale inspired from the design thinking approach and the Minimum Viable Product strategy), the tool determines the TRL level and the CRL level of the project by the answers to seven questions. The graphics generated by the tool give a view of the progress that can be shared by the partners. It also offers the opportunity to fix the next actions with all the partners.

We will show, with examples, how this tool can be used to support the Knowledge Transfer process.

14:45-15:00Stimulating Student Entrepreneurship

Wim Fyen, Investment Manager at KU Leuven R&D, Co-Founder, Lcie (Leuven Community for Innovation driven Entrepreneurship), Belgium

In this presentation, we shall share our experiences of being involved for several years in the stimulation of student entrepreneurship at KU Leuven from within the Technology Transfer Office. The way we have approached this topic is by building a university-wide community of people driven by innovation and entrepreneurship, including students, staff and academics.



During these 15-minute slots speakers from diverse parts of the ecosystem shall shed their light on the knowledge transfer spectrum.

Moderator: Christophe Haunold, Deputy General Manager, Toulouse Tech Transfer, France

KSE – Ecosystem Insights schedule – 2018 Annual Conference

Location: Mosane 5&6

Thursday, 24 May  
13:30-13:45The Components Research Cycle

Anna Groeninx van Zoelen, Treasurer of EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators), the Netherlands

The focus of this presentation will be on the components research cycle and how we as Research Managers and Administrators (RMA) deal with that. It will also show how the research cycle becomes more diverse due to compliance issues: such as ethics and Impact: this calls for collaboration with other experts.

13:45-14:00Intangible Assets

Ludo Pyis, Founder and President Areopa Group, Belgium

The intangible assets created through the processes of innovation represents a major share of the value of today’s business. There is a clear need to increase market actors’’ confidence and certainty in IP valuation methods as a way to stimulate IP transactions, to support IP based financing and to give companies the tools to provide information about their IP. Ludo will showcase relevant valuation methodologies.

14:00-14:15A Deeper Understanding of the Invention Process and IP benefits: Industry and University Collaborations

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council, Belgium

4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high quality, third party academic insight and empirical evidence on the complex correlation between investment, invention, innovation, employment and social and economic success. Our research is multi-industry, cross sector and technology focused. We work with academia, policy makers and regulators to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and intellectual property benefits. We will provide an overview of 4iP Council research findings and explore collaborations with attendees on 4iP Council's university research initiatives.

14:15-14:30Offering for Sell or License IP Rights and/or Technologies by Academia: a View from the Buyer Side

François Drapeau-Paquin, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel within the intellectual property division of Royal Philips N.V, Philips, the Netherlands

During this session, we will briefly (a) go through Philips’ assessment process with regard to externally generated IP rights and technologies, (b) what is expected from the IP owners to support such assessment and (c) how an IP owner should package information such as, to improve the likelihood of transfer; we will conclude by looking at examples of what falls currently in Philips’ areas of interest.


Bruno Woeran, EU- Affairs Manager at Merinova Technology Center, Finland

Adding commercialising thoughts very early to the proposal preparation process. TII’s commercialisation expert database and ASTP-PROTON’s joint efforts in collaboration for members – trainings, summer schools, China experience.

14:45-15:00 Wagralim

François Heroufosse, General Director, Wagralim, Belgium

Wagralim is the Agro-Food Cluster in Wallonia, active since 2006. We count over 160 members from industry, academia and training centers.

The Cluster is specialized in the set up of collaborative projects in Nutrition, Industrial Efficiency and Sustainability including international partners.

In 2016 Wagralim joined the Universities to launch Keyfood, acting as a technological platform for the agro-food industry. Keyfood allows industries to collaborate with academia
In order to get access to targeted scientific expertise: analytical trials, product and process development, provision of equipments, prototypes…