The World Bank, in partnership with ADR Nord Vest and ADR Nord Est ("Supporting Innovation in Romanian Catching-up Regions Technical Assistance Project"), offers technical support to projects that have surpassed the research phase and show the promise of feasible application under the Research Valorization Progam – RVP. The technical support offered by World Bank international experts encompasses training session to projects with the potential of market introduction and of technical maturation advancement (TRL - Technology Readiness Level).
Following the writing of applications using the general information of the project (8th of March, 2019) the applicants whose project was identified as having a lasting impact and potential for market development were selected to participate in the first phase of the training programm held on 25th-29th of March, 2019.
During the workshop, both joint and individual training sessions were hosted by representatives of the World Bank, such as: Marialisa Motta(Practice Manager in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank Group (WBG)), Mark Crowell(WBG Expert; Executive Entrepreneur in Residence, Eshelman Institute for Innovation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy; Past President, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)), Todd Morrill(WBG Expert; Faculty Director, NSF I-Corps Bay Area node;Richard H Holton Teaching Fellow, University of California Berkeley, School of Engineering and the Haas School of Business), Whitney Hischier(WBG Expert; Lecturer, University of California, Haas School of Business; Former Assistant Dean for Executive Education, Haas School of Business).
For the first phase of technical support offered, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy has participated with 3 research projects developed in its institution:
1. Anti-aging skincare products using microalgae (Alina-Andreea Zimta,
PhD(c), Cristina Ciocan PhD(c), Prof. Ioana Berindan-Neagoe)
2. Rapid CRISPR based differentially detection kit of bacterial infection
in the bloodstream of patients with sepsis – CRISep (Diana Gulei, PhD,
Cristian Moldovan, PhD(c), Catalin Constantinescu, MD, PhD(c),
Prof. Ioana Berindan-Neagoe)
3. A technology for on-line/in-line/at-line manufacturing process monitoring, towards root cause analysis and batch modeling: from lab to industrial scale use in pharmaceutical industry (XXX).
The applicants presented their projects during the first training session, where World Bank experts evaluated the maturity of the project, its target audience and its potential for market development, as well as the expected national and global impact of the final product. As a result of the evaluation process, 3 projects developed by the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy were selected for individual training during periodic sessions held in July-December 2019.
1. A technology for on-line/in-line/at-line manufacturing process monitoring, towards root cause analysis and batch modeling: from lab to industrial scale use in pharmaceutical industry
2. Rapid CRISPR based differentially detection kit of bacterial infection in the bloodstream of patients with sepsis – CRISep
3. Anti-aging skincare products using microalgae
Different topics were touched upon during these sessions, such as the market introduction process - from laboratory to product, intellectual property protection, potential industry partners identification, and collaboration, market development strategies and the role of the technological transfer department.