One of the main challenges faced by Unitectra from the moment of its establishment was to effectively manage the provision of technology commercialization services and proof-of-concept funding to multiple universities, hospitals and research institutions. Another challenge was to manage the Unitectra team that is spread among three different university campuses across Switzerland.
The key solution to Unitectra’s success was to keep all services for each university strictly separate, including PoC funding programmes, in a way that each university funded its own technology transfer activities, and not of another. Together with an information technology company, Unitectra has also developed a software that keeps track of all spendings for all PoC projects for each university. Moreover, the three universities have different regulations and Unitectra has to manage the PoC programmes according to the guidelines of each particular university.