innoSPICE Special Interest Group launch

The bonita project partners have been working for 3 years on a process reference and assessment model that can help knowledge-intense institutions generate more innovation while helping investors and research institutions optimize public funds to achieve economic added value. The project’s efforts resulted in the creation of the bonita Enhanced Innovation and Technology Transfer Model.

The original idea of an ISO/IEC 15504 conformant evaluation tool for technology transfer and innovation processes grew from Prof. Antanas Mitasiunas, Vilnius University, which was then expounded upon by Dr. Michael Boronowsky with the support of the expert knowledge and excellent transfer structures in the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies (TZI) at University of Bremen in Germany.

Since then, the bonita model has been successfully used by various institutions in the Baltic region in improving their technology transfer practices. Now, the bonita project is partnering with SPICE User Group, a non-profit membership organization, which promotes the practical and beneficial use of the ISO/IEC 15504 standards, to implement  the project results on a larger scale.

“innoSPICE” will be joining the ranks of other SIGs which seek to develop a common framework for assessing and improving processes in their respective fields: Automotive SPICE ® (which addresses the software capability of the supplier in the supplier evaluation process,, Enterprise SPICE  (which addresses enterprise processes,, and Medi SPICE (which addresses process assessment for medical device software, innoSPICE will have its own web site linked to the official SPICE User Group site (

The creation of innoSPICE marks a major milestone for the bonita project as the initiative further expands and strengthens the outreach of process assessment models to a wider community.

The SPICE User Group ( is a non-profit membership organization. It  has a formal liaison with the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 standardization group which develops the ISO/IEC 15504 & 330xx process assessment standards and hosts the annual series of International SPICE Conferences (

The SPICE User Group acts as a leadership forum for users of ISO/IEC 15504 & 330xx. It

  • promotes the practical and beneficial use of ISO/IEC 15504 & 330xx standards.
  • contributes to the development of and provides user feedback on the use of ISO/IEC 15504 & 330xx standards.
  • provides an active programme of networking, information exchange, conferences, events and support for users of ISO/IEC 15504 & 330xx standards.
  • provides user confidence in claims of compliance and conformance to requirements of ISO/IEC 15504 & 330xx standards.


Dr. Michael Boronowsky                          
Managing Director                                        
TZI – Universität Bremen                          
Phone: +49 421 218 64092                                                              

SPICE User Group:

Alec Dorling                                      
International convener of ISO/IEC 15504                            
The SPICE User Group                                                          
Phone: +49 421 218 64092 

« back

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.