bonita Transfer Model is well underway

First audits to take place this week

This week, from Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 through Saturday, Prof. Antanas Mitasiunas and Jonas Mitasiunas from University of Vilnius, and Saulius Aurelis from Visoriai Information Technology Park, also in Vilnius, will be coming to Bremen to perform the first audits using the bonita Transfer Model.

Since bonita was established, one of their major goals was to improve the way technology transfer is carried out in universities, businesses and public sectors all across the Baltic Sea Region. One of their key strategies to accomplish this is the creation of the bonita Transfer Model.

The bonita Transfer Model consists of a collection of processes in various fields (such as knowledge management, project management, human resources, etc) which have been identified to considerably increase an organization's efficiency and productivity especially in terms of technology transfer. Best practices known from the transfer experienced partner organizations are presented as examples.

The bonita Transfer Model is designed with an auditing system which includes a set of measurable indicators that bonita auditors can use to evaluate how well an organization fulfills each of the targets or goals referenced in the transfer model.

Through these audits, bonita will assist organizations who aspire to increase their technological transfer capabilities by helping them identify areas in their organization which can be improved, as well as by helping them establish organizational programs geared towards further enhancing their technology transfer capabilities.

Prof. Antanas Miasiunas and Tanja Woronowicz from TZI at University of Bremen were the lead entities in the development of this bonita Transfer Model.

The first audits will evaluate Bremen Technology Park, Bremen Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ports and TZI. These audits will mark the first among many as bonita forges ahead with its goal of supporting and advancing the technology transfer process throughout the Baltic Sea Region.

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Baltic Organisation and Network of Innovation Transfer Associations

„Interregional development by turning university research into business value”

Research cooperation as well as knowledge transfer between public research organisations and industry is insufficiently developed within the European innovation system. To develop the Baltic Sea Region into a high-tech region the available scientific knowledge needs to be successfully transferred into practice. Even though universities are important developers of new technologies and products their innovations often are not transferred for commercialization. This can be explained by lack of facilitating structures and underdeveloped commercial mindsets of academic staff. At the same time vast innovation potential of SMEs is not exploited due to missing resources.

The bonita project addresses these deficiencies by bridging the knowledge gaps between universities, laboratories, industrial actors and policy makers. The project consortium represents a mix of institutions responsible for regional technology transfer from 8 countries in the Baltic Sea Region. The project has been financed by the European Union’s Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 with almost 2 million Euros.