INTRODUCTION VIDEO AND INTERVIEWS

Introduction video and interviews

Gert Balling, Project Manager, Copenhagen Spin-outs

Project Manager Gert Balling explains that Copenhagen Spin-outs is a collaboration between the academic research environment and industry with a focus on innovation and commercialisation of biotech research in the capital region area. The project rund from 2012-2014 and focuses on strenthening the collaboration between universities, research parks and investors to speed up the effort to promote the good ideas from the research institutions and turn them into sustainable biotech companies. The spin-outs will work within the areas of MedTech, Diagnostics, Pharmaceuticals as well as Industrial biotech and Food.


Gert Balling, Project Manager, explains what Copenhagen Spin-outs is all about.

Prorector for Research and Innovation, Professor Thomas Bjørnholm, University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen heads the project Copenhagen Spin-outs, where the academic research environment, the business community and investors together build tomorrow’s biotech companies based on ideas from researchers based at University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and the Capital Region Hospitals.

Prorector Thomas Bjørnholm explains that universities have to focus more on innovation. Universities produce new knowledge and insights as a part of the university DNA and strengthen the effort to make these research results available to society. In Copenhagen Spin-outs universities and hospitals team up with the other players in the technology transfer value chain and build strong partnerships with the intention, to support Copenhagen in becoming an innovation hot spot.

Thomas Bjørnholm

Senior Vice President and Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marianne Thellersen, the Technical University of Denmark

The Technical University of Denmark is one of the three public research institutions in the project Copenhagen Spin-outs, where the academic research environment, the business community and investors together build tomorrow’s biotech companies based on ideas from researchers based at University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and the Capital Region Hospitals.

Marianne Thellersen, Senior Vice President and Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Denmark, explains why innovation is important for Denmark and how new knowledge and technology in a university setting can create new business opportunities. DTU see it as an obligation to utilize innovation in collaboration with the industry and has done so for a number of years. In relation to Copenhagen Spin-outs, Thellersen believe that the close collaboration with industry and investors in the project, as well as the strong university support, will help entrepreneurial researchers in boosting the amount of sustainable spin-outs.

Marianne Thellersen

Regional Chief Operations Officer, Kim Høgh, Capital Region of Denmark

The Capital Region Hospitals is one of the three public research institutions in the project Copenhagen Spin-outs, where the academic research environment, the business community and investors together build tomorrow’s biotech companies based on ideas from researchers based at University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and the Capital Region Hospitals.

Kim Høgh, Regional Chief Operations Officer, explains that the Capital Region of Denmark is investing, along with large public healthcare organisations and universities, in developing research and innovation into new solutions and new businesses that benefit growth and development. In Copenhagen Spin-outs this is organised through strong partnerships between research institutions, industry, investors and science parks with the goal to create growth as well as more jobs in the region.

Kim Høgh

Interview with Martin Bonde, chairman at Copenhagen Spin-outs

Martin Bonde, CEO at Epitherapeutics ApS and chairman for the Danish Association for Biotech Companies, Orphazyme ApS and Copenhagen Spin-outs. Martin Bonde is also a serial entrepreneur, and have founded and managed several companies in Denmark and in the US(Aros Pharma ApS, NatImmune A/S, Combio A/S, CelTor Inc., Torsana Biosensor, Osteometer Biotech). He has also fronted several successful exits over the last decade (NatImmune A/S to IPC, Combio A/S to Arpida AG, Torsana Biosensor A/S to Celtor Inc) as well as significant out-licensing deals, acquisitions, in-licensing, collaborations, etc.

Martin Bonde points out three reasone why Copenhagen Spin-outs will become a success.

Martin Bonde, CEO at Epitherapeutics ApS, serial entrepreneur and chairman of Danish Association of Biotech Companies.

Interview with Jeff Skinner, Executive director at London Business School

Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, explains what it takes to make it as researcher entrepreneur and how value is build in the biotech industry. Jeff Skinner was in Copenhagen to lecture at the Copenhagen Spin-outs conference " Call for Spin-outs".

Jeff Skinner is the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricula student activities at the School. He is visiting lecturer on Technology Transfer at University College London and at the Graduate School of Economics in Barcelona. Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL’s Technology Transfer division - including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spin-outs that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL.

He is past President of and remains closely involved with the leading UK & European Tech Transfer Associations (PraxisUnico & ASTP). He teaches and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialisation. He Chairs the Professional Recognition panel for the worldwide ‘Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals’.

Before joining UCL he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics. He holds a PhD in thin-film photonics from University College London and an MBA from London Business School.

Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, reflects upon what it takes to make good university spin-outs.

Interview with Thomas A. Christensen, Thomas A. Christensen, PhD. Head of the Department for Innovation Policy at the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Thomas A. Christensen, PhD. Head of the Department for Innovation Policy and the Secretariat for the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation at the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation explains on the govermental view on Danish Biotech and on the Copenhagen Spin-Outs program.

Thomas Alslev Christensen has worked as Head of the Department for Innovation Policy at the Danish Ministry for Science, Innovation and Higher Education since 2005. He is also the Head of Secretariat for the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation. He has previously worked in the Nordic Council of Ministers, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office where he was an advisor to the prime minister in European economic and monetary integration and international economic affairs. He has been external associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, and he has also written text books in economics, trade theory and exchange rate theory as well as articles and studies on international taxation, cluster policies and impact assessments of research and development intervention in business.

Thomas Alslev Christensen has a Masters in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and took his PhD in 1992 in international finance and economics at the Copenhagen Business School after studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Thomas A. Christensen, PhD. Head of the Department for Innovation Policy at the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation talks about Danish biotech and on the Copenhagen Spin-Outs program.

Talks from the international conference 31. oktober 2012 ”Call for spin-outs”:

Talk by Karen Laigaard, Director at the Tech Transfer Office at Copenhagen at Copenhagen Spin-outs conference "Call for Spin-outs" 2012.

University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Spin-outs

Karen Laigaard joined the University of Copenhagen in March 2003 to set up and manage Copenhagen University's Technology Transfer Office. The University has six faculties 37,000 students and 8,500 employees (of which 5,500 researchers).
The Tech Transfer Office staff (12 people) are responsible for the identification, the protection and the commercialisation of Copenhagen University's research results. The Office receives around 60 invention disclosures per year, it entered 21 licensing agreements in 2011 on behalf of the University and the office also assists academic staff with a considerable amount of research collaboration agreements. The Office's newest initiative is the project, "Copenhagen Spin-outs", a collaboration between three TTOs and central stake holders who will work together to create more biotech spin-outs from academia. The project has a total budget of 5.4 EUR.

Karen lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1992 to 2001. She was employed for six years with the University of Glasgow's commercialisation office, Research & Enterprise. As the office's International Marketing Manager she was responsible for the international promotion of the University's research expertise. Prior to joining Research & Enterprise, Karen worked at The British Council, Scotland, on an export promotion project funded by the UK Department of Trade & Industry and Scottish Trade International.
From 2007 to 2011 Karen was a member of the board of ASTP (Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals) and was the President of ASTP from May 2009 till May 2011.

Karen Laigaard, head of the TTO at University of Copenhagen explains on the background and purpose of Copenhagen Spin-outs.

Talk by Jeff Skinner, Executive director at London Business School at Copenhagen Spin-outs conference "Call for Spin-outs" 2012.

The Evolution of UK Spin-outs

Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, explains about the evolution of UK spin-outs from public research institutions and the learnings from 20 years of experience within the field. Jeff Skinner was in Copenhagen to lecture at the Copenhagen Spin-outs conference in October 2012 and we interviewed him after his lecture.

Beside being Executive Director Jeff Skinner also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricula student activities at the School. He is visiting lecturer on Technology Transfer at University College London and at the Graduate School of Economics in Barcelona. Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL’s Technology Transfer division - including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spin-outs that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL.

Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, talks on the evolution of UK Spin-outs from public research institutions.

Talk by Henric Rhedin, Director of Sales & Marketing, Commercial Research & Development. Chalmers Industriteknik, Sweden, at Copenhagen Spin-outs conference "Call for Spin-outs" 2012.

Sweden’s so called innovation system; a spin out creation system.

Henric Rhedin. Director of Sales & Marketing, Commercial Research & Development. Chalmers Industriteknik, Gothenburg. In Sweden there has been a focus on creating spin outs as commercialization strategy. What are the advan-tages/ disadvantages with a “spin out creation system” compared to more regular “innovation systems

Chalmers Industrial Technologies (CIT) is Sweden ́s oldest technology transfer organization and dates back to 1984. Henric works since nine years back for the largest unit at CIT, 35 people out of a total of 75 people employed by CIT. The unit, Commercial R&D, provides expertise in all kinds of areas of technology including technology management and related services.

Henric is board member for several start up companies as well as organizations. In addition to this Henric is active in innovation system networks on the national as well as on the international level including Association of Science and Technology Transfer Professional (ASTP), HEP TTN a CERN centered network for technology transfer activities for high energy physics, Swedish Network for Innovation and Tech Transfer Support (SNITTS) and Nordic Tech Transfer Network Health (NORTTH). Henric has also worked in the Swedish defense industry and has a PhD in Theoretical High Energy Physics.

Henric Rhedin. Director of Sales & Marketing, Commercial Research & Development. Chalmers Industriteknik, Gothenburg explains about Sweden’s innovation system; a spin out creation system.

Talk by Wim Bens, Director, Bens & Partners Management en Advies, Eindhoven, at Copenhagen Spin-outs conference "Call for Spin.outs", 2012.

Experience from the Netherlands in setting up University Spin-outs

Wim Bens, Director, Bens & Partners Management en Advies, Eindhoven talks about setting up spin outs / high tech start ups in a regional open innovation eco system. Strategy and implementation from lab invention to successful enterprise through different stages, with different funding structures, with different teams and in different organizational settings.

Talk by Wim Bens, Director, Bens & Partners Management en Advies, Eindhoven, reflect upon experiences from the Netherlands in setting up University Spin-outs.