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Tech transfer vs scientific method transfer

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 11:00
Place: 
nanoGUNE seminar room, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, Donostia - San Sebastian
Who: 
Xavi Marti, IGSresearch & Czech Academy of Sciences
Source Name: 
nanoGUNE

Tech transfer meetings always show the very same scenario: a small
cluster of extremely successful tech-transfer research centers
opposite to a silent majority of research areas that feel unable to
reach the same goals. The first ones even brag about giving a bank
check back to researchers by Christmas, while the second group
struggles to be generate sustainable tech transfer models. This is
happening while the ration researchers / investments is shaking in
many areas. But while we sit and endlessly discuss this, the world is
changing and is giving rise to new business models. Uber has no cars,
and Facebook has no content. Bla, bla.. But how could a "condensed
matter" post-doc increase the country's GDP? - and fill his own
pocket?" 

Bio: Dr. Xavier Marti obtained a Phd in materials science in 2010 for his
research work in spintronics. While working at UC Berkeley, he boosted
IGSresearch in order to use spintronics-based technology from the
nanoscale up to geophysics. The devices manufactured by IGSresearch
are nowadays installed in numerous locations from South America to
Eastern Europe. He is co-author of over 80 scientific publications
cited over 2000 times, and holds patents either as co-inventor or
co-owner. In 2013, he co-founded the incubator Penyalab at Universitat
de Barcelona. He is a TEDx speaker and an enthusiastic scientific
method evangelist who has engaged over 35,000 followers in the web
page "Magnets Solve Problems".

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