Utilising knowledge gained from research is important for society and therefore valorisation is one of the core duties of knowledge institutes as the UMCG.
Valorisation activities may include:
- Collaboration with companies for advanced development;
- Setting up a spin-off company, attracting additional funding for commercial development;
- Protecting inventions with patents to allow for investments and licenses;
- Transferring knowledge to healthcare organizations;
- Disseminating knowledge and expertise to other organizations, and;
- Communicating your research findings to the general public.
Departments and units within the UMCG can help you in the valorisation process. The Center for Development and Innovation (CDI) assists with the protection and improvement of intellectual property rights, interaction with industrial partners, development of a strategy to exploit existing knowledge, creation of centres of expertise, start-ups and spin-offs.
The Healthy Ageing Team (HAT) collaborates with knowledge institutions, regional government authorities and the private sector in developing knowledge, valorisation and spin-off activities of research that has significant societal impact. Furthermore, the HAT maintains a strong external communication platform to promote translation of research results and activities.
The Communication Department assists with the dissemination of information on healthcare, education and research to the general public. They publish UMCG research findings through brochures, websites, regional and national media (e.g. the UMCG news outlets the Polsslag and UMCG KennisInZicht, or social media) and can provide advice on how to deal with the press, and ensure that public materials are in line with the UMCG branding guidelines. More detailed information can be found on intranet -> UMC-Staf -> Onderdelen -> Communicatie.