The 2019 Netval Summer Conference will deal with the most important issues in knowledge transfer and has been designed for KT practitioners at international level. Netval is the Italian Network for the Valorisation of Research, with 81 members from universities, public research organizations and research hospitals. We welcome attendees from around the world.

Italian Network for the Valorisation of ResearcH

NETVAL was founded in November 2002 as a network of universities and public research organizations in Italy; it then became an association in September 2007. It has 79 members that represent over 80% of the Italian public research system. NETVAL’s mission includes:

(I) sharing and strengthening the skills of Italian Universities and Public Research Organizations in the field of the valorisation of research results;
(II) providing an interface with industry;
(III) consolidating expertise in the area of commercial projects and intellectual property management;
(IV) developing international contacts for the benefit of NETVAL’s members.

During the last 10 years of activity NETVAL has been focusing its activities on the dissemination of information and culture of Knowledge Transfer (KT) in Italy through initiatives aimed at bringing together the Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) of Universities and Public Research Organizations through training courses, meetings and thematic working groups. NETVAL has become an authority in the field of knowledge transfer activities and Third Mission, as demonstrated by the numerous projects, meetings and joint events organised, among others, with Italian and international organisations.


Scientific Institute for Health Care and Biomedical Research (IRCCS)


DAY 1 september 16

  • Massimo Inguscio (CNR)
  • Martin Raditsch (ASTP)
  • Andrea Piccaluga
    (Netval President and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  • Giovanni Leonardi (Ministero della Salute)
  • Enrico Luzzatto (EPO)
  • Davide Iannuzzi
    (Vrijie University Amsterdam)

    KT from physics, it’s possible! A Dutch experience
  • Paul Van Dun (KU R&D Leuven)
    KT at KU Leuven: lessons learnt and plans for the future
  • Pauline Stasiak (LifeArc)
    The Evolution of LifeArc, a translational organisation 

DAY 2 september 17

FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF…  (coordinated by Alberto Di Minin, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)

  • A Professor
    Riccardo Pietrabissa (IUSS Pavia)
  • A Chief Innovation Officer
    Ernesto Ciorra (ENEL)
  • A venture capitalist
    Nicola Redi (Venture Factory)

11.00 > 11.30

  • A TTO manager
    Cristina Battaglia (CNR)
  • A European organization
    Enrico Luzzatto (EPO)
  • An academic entrepreneur
    Nicola Vitiello (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and IUVO)

Introduction and coordination:
Massimiliano Granieri (Università di Brescia)

  • Dr. Christophe Haunold (INP Toulouse)
    The French SATT programme: any lessons learnt, yet?
  • Tom Hockaday (Technology Transfer Innovation)
    The state of the art of U-I knowledge transfer in the UK
  •  Marta Catarino (University of Minho) The role of KT in getting out of the crisis

DAY 3 september 18


Giuseppe Conti (Netval vice-president and Università di Bologna)

  • Alessandra Baccigotti (Università di Bologna)
  • Laura Spinardi (Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Policlinico)
  • Shiva Loccisano (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Vito Albino (Politecnico di Bari)
  • Eugenio Guglielmelli (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma)
    Biomedical technologies for clinical innovation
  • Marco Poiana, SISTAl (Italian Society of Food Science and Technology) and Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
    The role of the Italian research in food science and technology in knowledge transfer
  • Roberto Scopigno (ISTI-CNR)
    Visual and interactive technologies for cultural heritage
  • Silvia Bodoardo (Politecnico di Torino)
    Innovative batteries for automotive applications
Shiva Loccisano (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Hamit Serbest (Usimp)
    KT as a regional development tool in Turkey
  • Kamran Bagheri (Iramot)
    KT for technological self-reliance
  • Juan Pablo Salgado (Universidad Politecnica Salensiana)
    Knowledge Transfer and territorial development in Ecuador: the case of UPS
  • Nedeljko Milosavljec (University of Belgrade) KT as the engin of urban and regional growth

DAY 4 september 19

  • Andrea Piccaluga (President, Netval and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  • Henric Redin (President, Astp-Proton)
  • Giancarlo Caratti (EC-JRC) 
  • Francesca Pasinelli (Telethon)
  • Francesco Morgia (UIBM-MISE)
  • James Zanewicz (Chair, ATTP)
  • Christian Stein (Ascenion)



  • Massimiliano Granieri (Università di Brescia)
  • Giuseppe Conti (Netval vice-president and Università di Bologna)






The conference will take place in the main hall of the Italian CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) in Rome, Via dei Marruccini 62, street corner with Piazzale Aldo Moro.

The location is within walking distance (16 minutes) from Rome Central Railway Station (Termini) and the Castro Pretorio Metro Station (13 minutes).


In conferences it often happens that you listen to a speaker and then you would like to speak with him/her. And this usually happens at coffee breaks and meals. Well, beyond this possibility, there are also “Meet the speakers” sessions in which single speaker will sit in a room, at a specific time, in order to answer questions and share with interested people.

Enrico Luzzatto studied chemistry at the Rome University “La Sapienza” obtaining his degree (“Laurea”) with honours in 1985.
In 1986 joined the R&D department of an Italian company (RADIM S.p.A.) producing human diagnostics.
Joined the EPO in 1989 as an examiner . In 1998 he passed the European Qualifying Examination.
Became director in February 2010 in the cluster “Pure and Applied Organic Chemistry” and managed three directorates in different technical fields: a) medical uses of natural substances, b) cosmetics and c) organic compounds, their preparation methods and uses respectively.
Was also active in the training of EPO examiners (general introductory newcomer’ courses as well as advanced courses for opposition division’s first members and chairpersons) and has given lectures on biotechnology and chemical patenting issues as well as on procedural matters at a number of conferences and seminars.
In January 2018 joined the European Patent Academy as Senior Advisor.


Davide Iannuzzi (1971) is a full professor in experimental physics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has co-authored nearly 100 publications and collected more than 7 million Euros in research funding, including 3 ERC grants. Parallel to his scientific career, he has accumulated more than 10 years of experience in the field of technology transfer. He co-founded Optics11 and led it to grow from a 2-men show to a profitable business of more than 30 people now exporting products all around the world. He is also the initiator and director of the Demonstrator Lab – an innovation laboratory that helps students and researchers to move on in the earliest phase of the idea-to-market process. He has been teaching courses and delivering invited lectures on academic entrepreneurship for nearly 5 years and wrote a successful book on the subject (Entrepreneurship for Physicists, Morgan&Claypool, 2017). He has received several national and international recognitions, among which, most recently, the prestigious NWO-Physics Valorization Award “on account of the valorization of his own research and the attention he gives to facilitating valorization by others.”


Full professor of Innovation Management and Director of the Institute of Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, he is President of Netval since 2014. He holds a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU-University of Sussex. He has published books and papers in the field of R&D management and technology transfer.


Paul is general manager of KU Leuven Research & Development, the technology transfer unit of KU Leuven, which was ranked by Reuters as most innovative university in Europe (2015, 2016 and 2017), and where he coordinates the activities in contract research, patenting, licensing, spinoff creation and regional development. His past or present activities include managing director of the venture fund of the university (Gemma Frisius), board member of the Fondation Fournier-Majoie (cancer research), chairman of the Center for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), board member or president of a series of high tech companies, advisor to seed or venture funds and vice-president of ASTP, the European association of technology transfer professionals. Prior to joining KU Leuven Paul has been working at KPMG and a venture capital company.​


Pauline Stasiak is Investment Principal in LifeArc’s Seed Fund. LifeArc is a medical charity with a mission to turn great science into greater patient impact. The Seed Fund invests in early stage therapeutics companies in the UK focussing on addressing diseases with high unmet medical need. The Fund size is £25m to be invested in up to 12 companies over a four year period.

Pauline conducted her PhD determining the molecular structure and function of keratin 19 with Birgit Lane at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Avrion Mitchison at UCL. She followed this with post-doctoral research at Stanford University investigating cytomegalovirus gene regulation and an MRC fellowship at British BioTechnology developing Virus Like Particles of SIV as a model for HIV therapy. She has 24 years’ experience in technology transfer at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and at LifeArc identifying and facilitating the translation of early stage research into patient benefit. She also has a MSc in the management of intellectual property from Queen Mary College London. For several years she was on the Patent Board of Telethon, Italy, advising Telethon on intellectual property management and commercialisation strategy. She has been a judge for the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) run by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the University of Nottingham since 2011 helping to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the life science post-graduate and post-doctoral community.

Pauline gained experience in the investment space via a 15 month secondment to UCL Business, the Technology Transfer Office for University College London, and Albion Capital working as an Investment Manager for the UCL Technology Fund, securing £3.5m in funding for projects arising from UCL. She returned to LifeArc to join the Seed Fund initiative in 2018.


Born in Pisa in 1956, graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pisa in 1981, Phd in Bioengineering. Since 2001 he is Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano. He is co-author of about 200 publications in experimental and computational biomechanics, about 90 in peer reviewed journals and 4 books. In 2000 he founded the Laboratory of Biological Structures Mechanics (LaBS) of Politecnico di Milano. From 2001 to 2006 he directed the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the Politecnico di Milano. From 2005 to 2010 he was ViceRector at Lecco Campus of Politecnico di Milano. From 2007 to 2013 he was President of Netval (Italian association for the valorization of public research). From 2011 to 2012 he was Director of the ICT Dept. and of the Production Systems Dept. of CNR. He is currently Vice President of the CNR Scientific Board. Since 2016 he is President of the European Center for Training and Research in Seismic Engineering – Eucentre.


Managing Partner of Venture Factory, keyman of VV 3 Technology Transfer fund. Nicola holds an MS in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, an MBA from Bocconi University and a PhD from Aston University in Birmingham.
He previously served Vertis as Investment Director, TTVenture as Chief Investment & Technology Officer and was founder and CEO of SeedLab startup accelerator. Prior to entering the venture capital industry, Nicola held global and EMEA responsibilities in research, new product development and operations in leading multinational companies.
He was Italian representative in the High Level Group for Innovation Policy Management, and member of the Informal Advisory Board of the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research.


Head of Enel’s “Innovation and Sustainability “Function
Born in Rome in 1971 and married with two children, Ernesto Ciorra gained a degree in Business Economics from Milan’s Bocconi University, after which he worked as a partner at consulting firm Busacca & Associati, helping leading telecommunications corporations in many innovative projects, including the launch of the prepaid service.
In 2003 Ciorra founded a consulting firm “Ars et Inventio” focused only on innovation and creativity, which he headed up until September 2014 . He supported the planning of the Chief Innovation Officer function for many leader firms in Italy and abroad, by inventing and launching innovative ideas that have become popular worldwide.
The most important clients he collaborated with are: Enel and Enel Green Power, Nokia Italia and Finland, Telecom Italia, WindInfostrada, Vodafone, Fastweb, Abbvie, Zodiak Group, Poste Italiane, ENI, Gaz de France, A2A, Edison, GSE, Angelini Farmaceutica, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Ubi Banca, Unicredit, ABI (Italian Banking Assotiation), American Express, Sisal, SAS, Euler Hermes (Allianz Group), EY , Fater and Fameccanica ( Procter&Gamble joint ventures).
Mr Ciorra taught “Innovation Management” at various Italian and Spanish universities and was the scientific coordinator of the Master in “Innovation Management” organised by the Sole24Ore’s Business School. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Master in Innovation Strategy at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and also the director of the Advanced Innovation Management Programme at the IE Business School in Madrid.
He has been appointed Head of Enel’s “Innovation and Sustainability” Function since September 2014.
He is also the author of three collections of poems and a play that has been performed in some Italian theatres.


Nicola Vitiello is Associate Professor with The BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, SSSA, Pisa, Italy) where he leads the Wearable Robotics Laboratory. He is co-author of more than 60 ISI/Scopus papers and co-inventor of more than 15 patents/patent applications. He served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he was the scientific project coordinator of the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs project. Currently he is the scientific project coordinator of the H2020-ICT-CYBERLEGs Plus Plus project, the national project MOTU funded by INAIL, and is partner of the H2020-ICT-AIDE and H2020-FoF-HUMAN projects. On 2015, he co-founded IUVO Srl, a spin-off company of SSSA.​


He is an independent technology transfer consultant with his business Technology Transfer Innovation. Tom was the CEO of Isis Innovation Ltd, the University of Oxford’s Technology Transfer company from 2006 to March 2016 (renamed Oxford University Innovation Ltd in mid-2016). Tom is currently working with clients in Barcelona, Madrid and Oxford. Whilst at Oxford University, Tom oversaw the expansion of Isis Innovation into one of the world’s leading university technology commercialisation organisations with its activities greatly contributing to the substantial impact of the University of Oxford around the world.


Marta is the Director of the Technology Transfer Office of University of Minho (TecMinho), one of the leading Portuguese Universities, where she manages a team of 12 professionals in 3 business units: Industrial Property Management, Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.

With an academic background in Engineering, Industrial Property Management and Marketing, Marta is passionate about adding value to research results so that societal needs can be met. Marta has a vast experience in business development, negotiation, licensing and coaching academic spin-offs, and has been regularly invited as an expert by the World Intellectual Property Organization and major proof-of-concept funds in Europe: the European Research Council, the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, the Finnish Academy of Science, Portugal Ventures, the Research Foundation – Flanders and the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Marta has been actively involved with European associations in the innovation field, having been a Board Member and President of ASTP, the European Knowledge Transfer Association, which represents more than 800 technology transfer professionals and 30 national knowledge transfer associations in Europe, a Board Member of TII (Technology Innovation International commercialization hub), and a keen participant of LES (Licensing Executives Society).


He graduated in Management engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Master – II level – “management of Universities and PROs” (SUM, Politecnico di Milano). Since 2010 he is Director – Industrial Relationship, Technology Transfer & communication at the Department (ARTEC), Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, managing and coordinating Research and Technology Transfer projects (relations with companies, VCs, intellectual property rights management – 400 patents portfolio – new spin-off and start up companies, recruiting and placement service). The Department consists of 100 people.
From 2003 to 2010 he was the Head of Technology Transfer Office at the Politecnico di Milano.
He is currently Vice President of Netval and Deputy Italian representative “SME and Access to Risk Finance” programme – H2020. He is also member committee of ANVUR (National Agency for Research & Third Mission evaluation (national evaluation SUA RD 2011-2013)


He is the deputy General manager of Toulouse Tech Transfer, one of the new Tech Transfer Acceleration companies (SATT) dedicated to French public research. He was the president of the C.U.R.I.E network (French national association for public research valorisation and transfer) between 2011 and 2014 and is now one of the ASTP (the European association for Knowledge Transfer) Vice-president. He has been working for industrial liaison and public research transfer and commercialisation for 26 years. He has been the Director of the “Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse” Tech Transfer Office since 2004.​


She is managing the Technology Transfer Office in Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, the first Italian public Research Hospital in Milan.
She graduated in Biology at the University of Turin and got a PhD in Neuroscience at the New York University Medical Center. After she moved as postdoctoral fellow to the EMBL in Heidelberg and then in Monterotondo (Roma). After working successfully as a research scientist in USA, France, Germany, in 2007 she joined the Policlinico of Milan. There she was instrumental in setting up the Technology Transfer Office and in managing IPR protection, exploitation strategies, networking with industry and spin-off creation.
She moved to the innovation sector bridging academic life science research to the biotech/pharmaceutical industry to help generate new products for medical patients and the community at large.
She is currently Board Member of Netval, and also member of AICIPI and ASTP – Proton.


Msc in Industrial Biotechnology followed by a PhD in Business and Management awarded by the Università degli Studi di Torino. Since 2007 he is working at the Politecnico di Torino dealing with innovation, technology transfer and high-tech start-up creation. In the year 2012 he took the responsibility of the contracts office and then of the technology transfer and industrial liaison department. Since 2016 is board member at Netval.


Vito Albino is professor in Innovation and Project Management at the Politecnico di Bari in Italy. At the same university, he is the founder of the Knowledge Management Lab and the vice-rector for research and technology transfer. Vito is now also member of the Advisory Board of Continental Southern Italy, a group of experts set up from the UniCredit S.p.A,, the largest Italian Bank, to sustain the development of the business sector in South Italy, and Special Commissioner of the Agency for Technology and Innovation (ARTI) of the Apulian Region (Italy). After the laurea degree in mechanical engineering, Vito has been visiting researcher at the University of Cincinnati from 1986 to 1987 before to start his academic career as researcher at the University of Basilicata in 1988. He became associate professor at the same university and then he moved to the Politecnico di Bari as professor. Visiting professor at University of South Florida (Tampa), he gave lectures and seminars in many universities in USA and in Europe. From 2019 he is member of the Management Board of the same Consortium. His research fields are related to innovation processes in production chains and industrial clusters with particular interest to environmental aspects.


Eugenio Guglielmelli is Professor of Bioengineering at Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma where he serves as Prorector for Research. His main research interests are on human-centered design of robotic systems and in their application to healthcare and independent living. He is author/co-author of more than 450 publications, coinventor of 7 patents, co-founder of 4 spin-off companies, and he has also promoted the incubation and acceleration of several spin-off companies in robotics, automation, bioengineering and clinical applications. He is currently serving as Vice-President for Publication Activities of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and Italian Delegate for the FET- FLAGSHIP European Program.


Graduated in Agricultural Science in 1987 at University of Udine. Since 2007 he is Full Professor of Food Science and Technology at Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. He teaches and researches about technological operations applied to food, with particular attention on Southern Italy productions. From 2007 to 2012 he directed the Department BIO.M.A.A. of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. In the same institution he was a member of Research Committee. From 2006 to 2015 was member of the board of the Competence Centre of Agro-food system (CE.R.T.A). From 2016 to 2019 was President of the board of the AGRIFOODNET srl, the Cluster that facilitates the collaboration between SMEs, innovative start-ups, research and other public institutes operating in Calabria. He coordinates the PhD course in Agricultural Science at Reggio Calabria University. He directed local units of industrial research projects on issues related to food transformation and valorisation. Since 2018 he is President of the Italian Society of Food Technology Sciences.


Roberto Scopigno graduated in Computer Science at Univ. of Pisa in 1984. He is a Research Director with CNR-ISTI and founder of the Visual Computing Lab. He is engaged in research projects concerned with 3D graphics and visual technologies, with main application to Cultural Heritage. He published more than 250 papers in international journals or conferences, with Google Scholar h-index 52. He participated to many EC projects on ICT technologies and served as Editor in Chief of the ACM J. on Computing and Cultural Heritage. He has been the recipient of the “Distinguished Career Award” issued by Eurographics Association in 2014. Since 2019 Roberto has been nominated Director of CNR-ISTI.


Silvia Bodoardo is professor of Chemistry at Politecnico di Torino. Her research activity in the Electrochemistry Group is mainly focused on the study of materials for Li-ion and post Li-ion batteries, i.e. Li-S, Li-air. She participated in several EU funded projects  (coordinator of STABLE project) and also national and regional ones. She is actually participating in Battery2030+ initiative and is cochair in WG3 of BatteRIesEurope. Silvia organized many conferences and workshops on materials with electrochemical application and was Chair woman at the launch of the Horizon Prize on Innovative Batteries. She is author of more than 80 papers on peer reviewed journals.


Hamit Serbest is a full professor of Elelctronics and Communication at Cukurova University in Adana, Turkey. His reserach interest is mainly on high-frequency diffraction and he is a Senior Member of IEEE.
He worked as a visiting scientist as Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpaffenhofen in Germany. He served as the President of URSI National Committe of Turkey (2002 – 2012) and organized the XXX. General Assembly of URSI in 2011 in Istanbul (Turkey).
He is the co-founder of the Endineering Dean’s Council of Turkey and a founding member of the Accreditation Board of Enginnering Programs where he served as vice President, President, Past President for 12 years.
Serbest, has been involved in university-industry collaboration studies first locally than nationwide. As an example of triple-helix model, he founded Adana USAM (University-Industry Joint Research Center) in 2000 as a civil initiative. He is the Director of Adana USAM which is still functioning in the region since 2000. He founded the University Industry Collaboration Centers Platform (USIMP) of Turkey in 2007. USIMP is a “civil initiative” motivated by social responsibility, aiming to create awareness of university-industry collaboration and to facilitate knowlege/technology transfer among all stakeholders. Presently, USIMP has 92 institutional members all governing/supporting university-industry collaboration issues or technology transfer offices. He is the President of USIMP since 2007 and holds the RTTP title.


Kamran is an Innovation & Intellectual Property (IP) adviser. He also serves on the board of Iranian Association of Management of Technology (IRAMOT), a non-profit, non-governmental organization established with the aim of promoting the highest quality education and research in management of technology and innovation.
Kamran teaches Innovation and IP management at postgraduate level at University of Tehran and executive education programs. He is also a research affiliate of Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. He has a publication record both in English and Persian.
Kamran received his PhD in Innovation Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He has LLM in IP Rights from University of Turin and a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Seyed Kamran

Dr. Juan Pablo Salgado Guerrero, mentor and expert in Innovation Ecosystems for Entrepreneurship. He studied a PhD course in Economics and management of innovation and sustainability at Ferrara University, and was awarded for the best doctoral thesis.
He currently is the Vice President of Research at Universidad Politecnica Salesiana, mentor and promoter of the StartUPS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Throuout his carreer he has held several posititions: in the academic field as a researcher with several high-impact publications, undergraduate and graduate profesor of exact and human sciences, Director of International Relations at UPS. In the public administration, as Advisor to the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Secretary of Human Development and Economy of the Municipality of Cuenca, President and board member of several public companies and manager of Baguanchi Convention Center.

His international experiences involved: Financial management with International Banks and research financial organizations in Austria; speaker at the International Seminar on Urban Cities and Innovative Urban Practices ONE Habitat in Spain; speaker at the 10th International Congress of Higher Education in Cuba, member of the Advisory mission for the formation of Salesian Universities in India.
Currently, he is developing an innovative proposal called University-Ecosystem, based on the management of the University as a Common Pool Resource and the creation of a liberating environment that enhances capabilities. This proposals has been socialized in various publications.

Juan Pablo

Dr. Nedeljko Milosavljević is the Director of the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Belgrade (CTT-UB). In order to create a unified TT mechanism for a non-integrated university which consists of 31 faculties and 11 institutes, he combined his early gathered experience as a researcher (PhD in Chemical Engineering), with knowledge and experience in TT field gathered from reputable Institutions such as the University of Oxford, University of Ohio, University of Haifa, as well as from private TTOs like Ascenion. Dr. Milosavljević recognizes the importance of building professional relationships for TTOs’ development. He is International Committee Member of AUTM and International Committee Member of ITTN, and he was Vice- President of ASTPProton and board member of HEPTech. Nedeljko is also expert for European Commision and WIPO. He is founder of spin-off company Dr. Knight as well as Senior Research Associate at Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy – University of Belgrade. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers in top international scientific journals.



Director of the Directorate General for the fight against counterfeiting – Italian Patent Office and trademarks of the Ministry of Economic Development. He is in charge of Division 1 (General Affairs and Communication) and of various management projects, including the call for tenders for the upgrading of technology transfer offices for universities and public research organizations. He is part of the Working Group on the evaluation of industrial property titles.


Martin is a life scientist and executive leader with 20 years experience in international business development, licensing and technology transfer in the pharma, med-tech, biotech and material sciences sector and ranging from industry to the public research sector As of January, 1, 2017 Martin Raditsch the CEO of Innovectis GmbH, the knowledge transfer company and 100% subsidiary of Goethe University Frankfurt.
Martin is a graduate of Heidelberg University and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. He is certified as RTTP (registered technology transfer professional) by the global “Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals” (ATTP).
Following his Ph.D., Martin was Laboratory Leader in the pharmaceutical R&D division of BASF AG. After positions in international product marketing of the corporation and plant biotech project management, he became Head of Technology Management Applied Technologies and was responsible for the applied technology portfolio of the plant biotech entity with activities based in the US, Canada, Sweden and Germany.
In 2001 Martin joined EMBL Enterprise Management Technology Transfer GmbH (EMBLEM) a fully owned subsidiary of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)) as Head of Business Development responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property developed in the EMBL-world including several spin off projects. As of 2004 he served as Deputy Managing Director of EMBLEM.
In 2011 Martin took on the position as Managing Director at InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg. InnovationLab is the joined R&D and transfer institute of University of Heidelberg, University of Mannheim, BASF, Merck, Heidelberger Printing Press and SAP.
Martin was involved in the funding process off many start-ups and is co-founder of the European Institute for Pharma Logistics (EIPL). He serves currently as predsident of the European
knowledge transfer organization ASTP, advisory board member of the BioRN Network, as development committee member of ASTP-Proton and as Advisory Board member of BioMed X GmbH.


Dr Henric Rhedin is the Immediate Past President and Vice President Policy of ASTP and works for Gothenburg University in Sweden. He has long experience from the university sector as a researcher in Theoretical High Energy Physics as well as in utilization. In addition to this he has substantial experience from leading positions in industry, as well as technology transfer.
His industrial experience covers both large companies, small companies and spin off’s from universities in various technology sectors. Henric has been a board member of several companies and organizations over the last 10 years.
He has worked in technology transfer at Chalmers University and Gothenburg University and holds extensive national and international networks in technology transfer, industry and academia.  
He has initiated the Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support and have in the past been a part of ASTP professional development committee for several years.


Francesca Pasinelli is CEO of the Fondazione Telethon
from 2009. Fondazione Telethon is a non-profit
organization that funds research projects aimed at
finding a cure for genetic diseases.
After her University degree in Pharmacology, in 1986,
she moved into clinical research and subsequently
held different managerial positions in multinational
pharmaceutical companies (SmithKline Beecham
S.p.A.; Schering Plough S.p.A). In 1997 she moved to
the non-profit sector in Fondazione Telethon.
In 2007 Francesca Pasinelli was awarded the
Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,
honour bestowed by the President of the Italian
Republic Giorgio Napolitano. In 2008 she was awarded
the Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award by the
American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy.


James Zanewicz returned to Tulane in 2015 after establishing the open science functions for the HHMI Janelia Research Campus. As the originator of the Chief Business Officer role at Tulane, he serves as the principal business development strategist and engagement officer to industry, venture capital and other external collaborators.

James has a B.S. in chemistry from Centre College, a J.D. from Tulane University Law School and an LLM in Intellectual Property and Media Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also trained in Science Policy and Leadership from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he previously spent over 20 years in the private and academic sectors, including: HHMI, Rhone-Poulenc/ Rhorer, CompuServe, Warner Bros., the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Louisville.

His service to the profession has included chairing the University/Corporate Discussion group for BIO; serving on the Boards of NACRO, the BioJudiciary Project and AUTM; and currently chairing the Board for ATTP – the international knowledge and technology transfer standards/accreditation organization.​​​


Christian Stein is CEO of Ascenion GmbH, an independent technology transfer company focussing on the life sciences.
Ascenion works together with more than 20 public research organizations on the commercial exploitation of their research results and inventions in the pharma, biotech and medical technology fields. Particular strengths are spin-off support and project development.
Before Christian became CEO of Ascenion in 2001 he headed the project management department at the Fraunhofer Patent Centre for German Research. Since November 2016 he is Member of the Executive Board of TransferAllianz, a German association representing over 200 scientific institutes uniting patent marketing agencies and technology transfer agencies. Christian is a chairman of the MGC Foundation and a member of the International Strategy Committee of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).
From November 2014 until May 2016 he was President of ASTP-Proton, and from 2012 until May 2015 he was board member of the global Association of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP).
Christian has founded several companies in and outside the biotechnology field. He is consultant and advisor to different EU programs and regional and national expert groups, and serves on the advisory board of various biotechnology companies.
Christian holds a PhD in molecular biology and obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in the Management of Intellectual Property Law in London.




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  • Participation to the guided visits

For registration of three or more people


650 / person (VAT excluded*)
  • Partecipation to the programme
  • Conference lunches
  • Conference dinners
  • Coffee breaks
  • Participation to the guided visits


* Non-Netval members will have 22% VAT added when required by EU VAT Directive

Each participant will organize his/her own accommodation in Rome.
Netval will provide a list of suggested hotels on the website.

It is not possible to pay a reduced fee for partial participation to the conference.


Participants will have to take care of their own accommodation in Rome. As you know, there are many different opportunities and many different ways to find accommodation in Rome.

The Netval Secretariat is available to provide some assistance, but will not get involved in choosing or making reservations for participants. The following is a list of hotels which have agreed a special conference price. In order to obtain such a price you have to specify that you are a Netval conference participants.






For more information mail to SEGRETERIA@NETVAL.IT
or fill the form below

Daniela Traiani

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