Review: Partnering Day 2018
On October 11, the Innsbruck Medical University, as a partner in the Knowledge Transfer Center West (WTZ West), organized the Partnering Day 2018 in cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network and the Life Sciences Tyrol Cluster of the Standortagentur Tirol under the motto "Life Science 4 Tomorrow".
The event format, consisting of keynote lectures, pitch sessions and partnering sessions, took place for the fourth time within the Austrian Knowledge Transfer Centers, for the first time in Tyrol. Around 70 participants representing universities, research institutions, networks and companies from Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria participated in the event at the Haus der Begegnung in Innsbruck.
The two keynote lectures offered exciting insights into successful cooperation between research institutions and industry: Dr. Gernot Kronreif (Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology) spoke about "Successful Academia-Industry Partnership at a K1 COMET Center" and Dr. Annemarie Weissenbacher (Medical University of Innsbruck, University of Oxford) on "Normothermic organ perfusion - from engineers and medicine".
Following the keynotes, selected participants from research and industry were given the opportunity to present their project, their idea or their company to the public in a series of 5-minute pitches and to point out possibilities for cooperation. From the pitches, which showed a wide range of activities in the various life science projects, the best one was selected by a public voting. Awarded was Assoz. Prof. Dr. Michael Außerlechner from the Medical University of Innsbruck for the pitch "Advanced 3D Cell Culture: Bioreactors, 3D Bioprinting, Electrospinning".
Maggie Childs (journalist and board member of the entrepreneurship platform AustrianStartups) led professionally and charmingly through the morning.
In the afternoon, the bilateral partnering meetings took place. The majority of the approximately 100 meetings were booked in advance via the matchmaking platform at www.partneringday.at. Until the late afternoon, contacts were made during these 15-minute rounds of talks, paving the way for future cooperation.
Thanks to the many participants and the commitment of the organizers, the Partnering Day 2018 was a complete success.