For research to create a societal and economic impact, it is important to facilitate and stimulate interaction between academic researchers and the industry. Furthermore, researchers must be enabled to drive the transition from scientific discoveries to innovation on the market. Since research institutions work on many different fields and often not close to the market, combining the efforts among several research institutions might help to get a new view on research and its applications.
The Innovation Exchange Amsterdam is the combined technology transfer office for five universities and research institutes from Amsterdam which aims to bring together academic institutions with parties interested in their research findings and knowledge. For that purpose, it assists researchers in generating societal and economic impact from their work and help external parties to find relevant research.
Researchers with a new idea, invention or innovation raising up are encouraged to talk to the Business Developers of IXA, specialized in assisting the further development of the ideas. With expertise in business and market application, legal protection of knowledge and potential partners, they accompany researchers in generating new opportunities for invention disclosures and IP protection and help them finding the best commercialization route. Business Developers are specialized in different technological and expertise areas.