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Technology Transfer and KIT Business Club Expand Cooperation

The KIT Business Club and the KIT Technology Transfer Department are moving closer together. In the future, synergies and new offers are to be created in order to support companies and KIT employees at the interface between business and science even more effectively and to interlink them more closely.

Dr. Markus Bauer (left) heads the KIT Business Club, which, together with the technology transfer department, is breaking new ground in bringing companies together with KIT scientific staff. Photo: KIT
Dr. Markus Bauer (left) heads the KIT Business Club, which, together with the technology transfer department, is breaking new ground in bringing companies together with KIT scientific staff. Photo: KIT
The founder of the KIT Business Club, Dr. Barbara Schmuker, will assume strategic tasks in innovation and relations management in the future. Photo: KIT

Advancing transfer, bringing science and industry together, initiating innovation projects - these are some of the common goals of the KIT Business Club and KIT Technology Transfer. The topic area of technology transfer bundles the topics of property rights, licenses, transfer projects, technology marketing, and much more. Consequently, both KIT units are now moving closer together. The club, an association of almost 30 industrial companies, thus interlinks its work more closely than before with the know-how and consulting services for scientific employees in technology transfer. "Both the companies and the scientific employees will benefit from the fact that we are jointly exploring new ways to launch innovative projects," says Dr. Markus Bauer, head of the KIT Business Club.

Dagmar Vössing, spokeswoman for technology transfer at Innovation and Relations Management, assumes responsibility for the KIT Business Club. Photo: KIT

The merger coincides with the departure of Dr. Barbara Schmuker from the KIT Business Club. In the future, the founder of the club will take care of higher-level strategic initiatives, projects, and partners in KIT's innovation and relations management, especially in the fields of transfer, sustainability, and digitization.

Together with Dr. Bauer, Dagmar Vössing will be responsible for the KIT Business Club in the future. Ms. Vössing is responsible for technology transfer within Innovation and Relations Management: "I am looking forward to the closer connection of technology transfer and KIT Business Club. In a larger team, this gives us the opportunity to intensify and sustainably set up our contribution to the cooperation between science and industry."

Since 2009, the KIT Business Club has been offering its member companies extraordinary insights into research at KIT. Photo: KIT

Strengthen cooperation between business and science

On the way to successful transfer, the KIT Business Club would like to continue its offers and set them up for the future. While corporate partners benefit from a personal contact person for all transfer and research issues and gain direct insights into science at KIT at events, research matchings, and much more, KIT scientific employees can gain low-threshold access to a network of research-strong technology companies from various industries. "The club supports, for example, matching and establishing contacts between business and science on specific topics, technologies, projects, or spin-offs. We also establish strategic and long-term contacts with central research and development offices, innovation and tech scouts, and multipliers in the companies," explains Markus Bauer.


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