Published on 26 July 2018

The workshop organized by Université Paris-Saclay in partnership with the Marie Curie Alumni Association proved to be highly useful to researchers wishing to launch their start-up.

Murat Guness, a researcher at the Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay (ICMMO),  also a member of MCAA  and the man behind this event, opened the discussion by outlining the challenges involved in bringing academics and industry leaders closer together. As he is also the founder of a start-up, he wanted to explain what Université Paris-Saclay has to offer in this area.

Throughout the day, high-caliber speakers took to the stage to share their experience with audience members and give them advice. Guillaume Garreta, International Development Director at Université Paris-Saclay, highlighted the work of the European Department in promoting Marie Curie projects, when he presented the University.

Presentation by Guillaume Garreta, International Development Director at Université Paris-Saclay

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Martin Rottman shared with the audience his experience of creating a business, presenting "Nasoflore", his technology transfer project. He spoke of his development of a nasal microflora project, from inception to commercialization and highlighted the support received from the Paris-Saclay SATT. The morning ended with a round table facilitated by Philippe Masson, President of the Paris-Saclay Ile-de-France association, with academics and industry leaders (CEA, Fablabs, Université Paris-Sud, Nokia, TE-OX, Thalès). They discussed the issues inherent in the interface between business and research.

The afternoon’s parallel sessions enabled participants to receive practical and comprehensive information on the various business creation pathways. In the evening, the audience learnt about business creation opportunities in Israel.

Presentation by Jessica Péricaud, Industry-Laboratories Relations Project Officer, Paris-Saclay SATT

The following morning, Tania Di Gioia, Université Paris-Saclay’s Innovation Director, presented the University’s innovation potential. Intellectual property issues, presented jointly by Karim Tadrist, Director of Legal Affairs at Université Paris-Saclay and Inna Dimova, Consultant, were also highly appreciated.

A total of 80 people took part in the event. They showed a great deal of interest in the program. Break times were a time for exchanging views … and business cards. Almost half the participants were members of MCAA and came from different European countries. Exchanges were particularly fruitful and multi-cultural as a result. A number of partnership projects are now being discussed: for instance, a young researcher intends to apply for a Marie Curie grant to set up a research project in a Université Paris-Saclay lad

Discussions over coffee  - Photo© M.LECOMPT

This partnership with MCAA proved to a successful one. The Université Paris-Saclay  European Department will be extending it, so as to promote meetings among European researchers and the development of new transnational projects.

The event’s organizing team. From left to right: Samuel Costantin, European Projects Officer, Université Paris-Saclay - Eugenia Shadlova, European Projects Officer, Université Paris-Sud - Fanny Soares, European Project Development Officer, Université Paris-Saclay - Murat Guness, ICMMO Researcher and MCAA Secretary

For more information:             

Website: "Driving Solutions for Science in Business"

Website:  MCAA