The idea and purpose of the local visit:
LifeScience Krakow Cluster (LSK) is a network of institutions from Krakow and Małopolska Region (Poland) which collaborate in order to develop and deliver to the market innovations for health and quality of life. These organizations represent six areas of interests: biotechnology and life science business, research & development, science and education, healthcare, business support and local government actively guiding and facilitating the cooperation at the regional level. As such the LSK is the perfect exemplification of so-called Triple Helix cooperation. Established in October 2006, LSK has been the concept of Jagiellonian University developed in conjunction with another bold decision taken in 2004 — to build first technology park in Poland to be devoted to life sciences. Due to availability and access to EU funds, only in the two recent years more than 0,5 billion € have been put in research infrastructure and research programs solely by LifeScience Klaster members in order to build both capacity and opportunity for collaborative development.
The aim of the visit: presentation of TTO platform and life science projects, discussion on building partnership, sharing know-how and best practices in the area of healthcare and medicine, pharmacology and drug development, food and agriculture.
Hosting entity: LifeScience Krakow Klaster
Host leader: Kazimierz Murzyn – Managing Director of LifeScience Krakow Cluster. TTO (Tech Transfer Offering) project leader, designed the TTO Platform and has administrated it since the introduction.
Kazimierz Murzyn – president of the Klaster LifeScience Krakow Fundation and Managing Director of the LifeScience Krakow cluster initiative; V-ce Chairman of Global Innovation Network (GIN) Inc. Non-for profit organisation in North Carolina, USA; Member of Biotechnology Committee of Polish Academy of Science; Chair of the Regional Working Group “Life Sciences” in Malopolska. He has experience in the field of economic and business development, including large scale projects financed by PHARE, ISPA (evaluation of environmental, social and economic issues); has developed and/or evaluated tendering documentation for PHARE, ISPA projects in areas incl. HRD, job creation and employment projects in different regions in Poland; influenced policies and conducted economical & financial analysis and evaluations.
Means of transport: 10 minutes on foot from Krakow Technology Park
Time of visit: Approximately 1,5 h – 2 h (DAY 2 of OLLD)
Workshop: This local challenge is connected to a workshop: Involvement of Stakeholders in Improvement of Tech Tranfer Process and supporting TT platform
Website of the entity: http://lifescience.pl/en/
Written by KTP