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

  • Andrea Piccaluga
    (Netval President and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  • Francesco Morgia (UIBM-MISE)
  • Henric Rhedin (ASTP)
  • 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) 

DAY 2 september 17

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

  • A TTO manager
    Dr. Cristina Battaglia (CNR)
  • A policy maker

11.00 > 11.30

  • A professor
    Riccardo Pietrabissa (Politecnico di Milano)

  • A Venture Capitalist
    Dr. Nicola Redi (Venture Factory)

  • An academic entrepreneur
    Nicola Vitiello (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and IUVO)

Introduction and coordination:
Dr. Tom Hockaday

  • 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

DAY 3 september 18


  • Shiva Loccisano (Politecnico di Torino)
  •  Laura Spinardi (Policlinico di Milano)
  • Giuseppe Conti (Università di Bologna)
  • Eugenio Guglielmelli (Università Campus Biomedico) Clinical Innovation
  • Technologies for cultural heritage
  • 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

DAY 4 september 19




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.

Born 6 April 1958, in Naples, Italy, graduated in law, admitted to the bar, he has been appointed Director-General for Fight against counterfeiting and head of IPTO (Italian patent and trademark office/UIBM) at Ministry of Economic Development in march 2019.
Before this he served as Italy’s International Trade Policy Director-General: in that capacity he was the Italian Full Member in the EU Council TPC, dealing with global trade talks (in the framework of the WTO, OECD, G20), and has been head of the Italian delegation in many international trade meetings (at senior or even ministerial level), from 2001 and 2019.
During this period Mr Teti has been the main adviser to the Deputy Ministers and Secretaries of State for Foreign trade and Foreign Direct Investment Attraction.
Before his nomination, he served as head of unit (and previously as trade officer) in the former Ministry of Foreign Trade (now merged into the Ministry of Economic Development), since 1988.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.






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


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


450 / person (VAT excluded*)
  • Partecipation to the programme
  • Conference lunches
  • Conference dinners
  • Coffee breaks
  • 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.






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