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how to promote entrepreneurship and commercialization of research at an old general university

How to promote entrepreneurship and commercialization of research at an old General University?

Lars Jonsson

Head of UU Innovation & UUAB Holding Company

Uppsala University

Sweden

old general universities
Old General Universities
  • Difficult to grasp
  • Even more difficult to manage
  • Long processes to achieve living policies
  • Strong academic culture
    • It is not noble to commercialize
    • Professor\'s privilege
uppsala university
Uppsala University
  • 530 years in business…
    • Strong academic traditions
    • Academic research should stand free!
  • Heavily decentralized
  • Strongly divested
    • Theology  Space Technology
nine faculties three disciplinary domains
Nine faculties, Three disciplinary domains
  • Arts
  • Educational Sciences
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • Theology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Science and Technology

Arts

&

Social Sciences

professor s privilege a swedish specialty
Professor\'s privilegeA Swedish specialty…
  • All results are the researchers private equity
    • The University has no rights
    • Only Sweden; (Italy with some restrictions)
  • Can not use University Money for
    • Patent applications
    • Investments in shares
    • Investments in developing projects
tough odds for patents
Tough odds for patents!
  • Canadian survey
        • Thomas Asterbot, Univ of Toronto, 2003
  • 1061 out of 1091 failed….
    • < 7 % reached the market
    • 0,5 % became profitable
research is an investment
Research is an investment
  • Return of investment:
    • Competitive work force
    • Competitive inventions
    • Knowledge based economy
    • Increased welfare
  • A University Innovation System is mandatory to achieve this !
commercialize research
Commercialize research
  • We have a mission to make our research useful to society through commercialization and patents.
    • Anders Hallberg,
    • Vice-Chancellor,
    • Uppsala University, 2006
patents are instruments
Patents are instruments
  • Patents and Knowledge Transfer should not be the goal for a university institution
  • They are tools to establish a relation and enforce the institution!
the svedberg group the cradle of modern biotechnology industry
”The Svedberg Group”- the cradle of modern biotechnology industry!
  • The Svedberg
    • Nobel Laureate 1926
    • The Ultracentrifuge
  • Arne Tiselius
    • Nobel Laureate 1949
    • Electrophoresis and Chromatography
    • Gel filtration, phase partition etc
  • Today:
  • GE Health Biosciences
uppsala bio invention to company turn over

Biacore67 MUSD

Fragmin™

Xalatan™1.300 MUSD

Q-Med

78 MUSD

Pharmacia Biotech

 GE Healthcare

600 MUSD *

Biotage

AMO Uppsala

114 MUSD

Olink

Phadia

204 MUSD

Electrophoresis

Function of

Hyaluronic acid

IgE

Padlock Probes

Heparin

Dextran

SPR Biosensors

neuropeptides effect

on ocular blood flow

Microwave

syntheses

UppsalaBioInvention to company turn-over

Commercialization

Turn-over today

~2,600 MUSD / year

of which > 1,000 MUSD is based in Uppsala

1940

1960

1980

2000

Research

inventions

what have been done organizational structure

UUAB

Holding

Company

STUNS –

Non-profit

university & society

foundation

Technical

Bridge

Foundations

Science Park

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

What have been done - Organizational structure

Ad hoc

Collaboaration

And spin-outs

Liasion

office

slide13

UUAB

The Holding Company of Uppsala University

  • Owned by the University
    • Arm length distance – no part of the Authority
    • Legal form = private company
  • The Government decides the object in
  • the Articles of Associations
what have been done organizational structure1

UUAB

Holding

Company

University

Liasion

Company

STUNS –

Non-profit

university & society

foundation

UU Innovation

CEF

Entrepreneurial

Educational

Programs

Key Actors

Program

Technical

Bridge

Foundations

ÅMA

Material

Academy

Science Park

Patent

Office

A Wall

Chair

Innoventus

Life Science

Venture

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

SHB

Patent

Grants

Foundation

Drivhuset

Student

Foundation

Connect

PUB

meetings

Venture

Cup

What have been done - Organizational structure

UIC

Business

Incubator

Ad hoc

Collaboaration

And spin-outs

Liasion

office

what have been done processes
What have been done- Processes
  • Recruiting right people
      • Two-cultural
  • Identify champions and relate
      • Researchers
      • External network of entrepreneurs
  • Traditional spin-out strategy
      • Start-ups, out licensing
  • Collaborative research
      • Pro active approach
three main processes
Three main processes
  • Stimulate entrepreneurship
    • Mainly students
    • Business idea in a known market
  • Commercialization of inventions
    • Research results, new products & markets
  • Creation of business opportunities
    • Collaborative research platforms
    • between disciplines and with companies
stimulate 1 cef centre for entrepreneurship
Stimulate 1CEF -Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • University centre to stimulate entrepreneurship
    • The School of Entrepreneurship
      • Last year program for science students
      • Real industrial project + theory & seminaries
    • Project Management for students
    • Seminaries for PhD students and researchers
    • Seminaries for small knowledge based companies
stimulate 2 drivhuset
Stimulate 2Drivhuset
  • Student non-profit organization
    • Inspire and stimulate students
    • Support entrepreneurship vs employed
    • Seminaries, lectures and hands on
    • 50 student based companies per year
stimulate 3 anders wall s chair
Stimulate 3Anders Wall\'s chair
  • Professor chair in entrepreneurship
    • Donation by Anders Wall, famous local entrepreneur
    • Education and research
    • Entrepreneurial Day
      • Entrepreneurs Academy
      • Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype
        • Dollar billionair, Uppsala alumni
commercialization of research results disclosure process

UUAB

$

$

UUAB

$

$

UUAB

$

$

Commercialization of research resultsDisclosure process

Fuel

Find

Foster

Forward

Professional Project Management

Secure

Top Class

International

Research

Verify

Develope

UIC- Business Incubator

Start-Ups

Existing Company

  • Free Patent Supervisor
  • ~ 150 discl/year

Projects (UUAB)

New Company

Innoventus

Existing Company

VC $$$

business incubator uic
Business IncubatorUIC
  • We are business developers, not landlords
  • Business coach 1 day / week
    • Not for free, but pay when (if) you can
  • UIC not an owner!
  • Gives 7,9 times return on the tax investment!
slide22

UUABthe Holding Company

  • > 500 disclosures
  • > 50 start-ups
  • Invested ~ 8 M€
  • High value creation

+ 63 MSEK already realized

uuab results june 2007
UUAB Invested 7,8 M€

Realized profit UUAB (exits) 6,7 M€

Value of portfolio ~ 7,7 M€

Running costs 3,3 M€

Net profit ~ 3,3 M€

Consequently investments ~ 128 M€

Generated University Incomes ~ 26 M€

Huge leverage for the University and the Society

UUAB Results (june 2007)
a new entity uu innovation

Uppsala University

Commercialization units

Vice-Chancellor

(President)

UU Innovation

UUAB

(Holding Company)

  • Strategy
  • Partnership
  • IPR management
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation

Vice President

Forskarpatent

(Patent Office)

Vice President

Vice President

Faculty & Departments

Faculty & Departments

Faculty & Departments

Faculty & Departments

Uppsala

Innovation Centre

business incubator

Faculty & Departments

Faculty & Departments

Faculty & Departments

Faculty & Departments

A new entityUU Innovation

One Manager

society the winner
Society - the winner
  • Not always profitable
      • for the professor
      • for the university
      • for the Holding Company
  • Very profitable for the society
  • Gives valuable collaborations
  • Increases the competitiveness of the university
never ever give up
Never ever give up
  • “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm”-
  • Winston Churchill
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