Interview “Industrial engagement vs Industrial commercialization”

Lucas Coelho, Director of Nexta Inovacao, interviewed Hester Tak , Partner with Gunn & Twynmore and Convener of the THA Thematic Research Group Knowledge and Technology Transfer, earlier this year on how we can improve the efficiency of knowledge and technology transfer between academia and industry. Difference between industrial engagement and industrial commercialisation are discussed as well as the different trends that can be seen in different academic research areas. For example, research areas with strong complementarities to a firm’s R&D, such as in biotech or chemistry, will have naturally stronger ties. The interview also looks at some of the trends observed in Industry over the last few years before discussing what the focus is of politicians in the future and if this focus is indeed the way to go forward if we want to achieve a higher efficiency in technology and knowledge transfer.

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Nexta Inovacao was founded by Lucas Coelho and offers innovation services on IP, innovation management and funding. More information on Nexta’s services can be found on

 Gunn & Twynmore was founded by Dr. Bob Smailes and Hester Tak and is a specialized consultancy primarily focusing on innovation management for both the public and private sector. More information on Gunn & Twynmore’s services can be found on: