Title: Identifying the key processes for technology transfer through spin-offs in academic institutions: a case study in Flanders and The Netherlands

Authors: Jasmine Meysman; Sven H. De Cleyn; Johan Braet

Addresses: University Of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium ' University Of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium; Imec, De Krook, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium ' University Of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Abstract: The position and role of technology transfer offices within universities and academic institutions have changed under influence of today's society, with diminishing government subsidies and technology transfer related policies having their impact on the technology transfer processes. In order to find out what the effect of this impact is, we performed a multiple-case study on six technology transfer offices in Flanders and The Netherlands. As a result of the study, we identified two categories of findings: processes related to technology transfer and general conditions for technology transfer. These findings lead us to believe that due to the outside pressure, technology transfer offices are creating new business models and quality control mechanisms to optimise their processes.

Keywords: TTO; TTO process; TTO processes; technology transfer; technology transfer office; technology transfer process; spin-off; academic institutions; Flanders; Netherlands; business models; commercialisation of university research.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2017.088728

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2017 Vol.15 No.3, pp.291 - 308

Received: 30 Jun 2017
Accepted: 11 Jul 2017

Published online: 04 Dec 2017 *

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