Those managing the "transfer offices" at the Helmholtz Centres meet within the Technology Transfer and Commercial Legal Protection (TTGR) working group. There is also a central coordinator at the Helmholtz Association's head office. The technology transfer offices at the Helmholtz Centres are supported in particular by an external private partner.
TTGR and Business Office
The transfer departments of the Helmholtz Centres exchange information within the working group of technology transfer and industrial property rights (AK TTGR). Furthermore, there are central contact partners in the Helmholtz Association business office.
Since more than 30 years, the transfer departments at Helmholtz centres have been networked through a working group. This working group unifies about 30 transfer and patent experts from all 18 Helmholtz Centres. The AK TTGR meets twice a year for meetings, to which also external guests from transfer facilities at other non-university research associations are invited on a regular basis.
The transfer of knowledge and technology is operatively and strategically domiciled as a decentralised and autonomous topic in the Helmholtz Centres, and optimised according to the local topic spectrum and environment. However, interexchange concerning new legal regulations, suitable collaboration and contractual models or exploitation strategies and funding programmes are of huge benefit for the individual transfer points. Dr. Joachim Nöller (UFZ) has the current chairmanship at AK TTGR.