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Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Organisation available for the Professional Exchange Call: 3 ( Mar 2014 - May 2014)

Type of organisation: University

Website: www.pucrs.br

Recommended stay period: 1-2 weeks

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Areas of expertise looked for:

  • TTO structure and management
  • Patenting/IPR management
  • Licensing
  • Contract research
  • Spin-offs creation
  • Policy development
  • Investment analysis
  • Asset selection,
  • Technology assessment

Description:
The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) is one of the most important research universities in Latin America. Located in Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, in the Southern region of Brazil, PUCRS is a reference center for excellence in research and innovation in South America.

In the present CNPq ranking of research groups, PUCRS is the leading institution among Brazilian nonprofit universities and places 18th overall. The 24 stricto sensu graduate programs offer 24 Masters courses and 21 PhD courses in several areas of knowledge. Teaching and research are conducted by more than 300 full-time faculty with a strong international presence.

PUCRS has 126 researchers with CNPq scientific production grants, which represents the second highest position of highly productive research faculty among Brazilian nonprofit universities. Basic, applied and translational sciences are present in all areas of knowledge at PUCRS. The research developed by the Humanities and Applied Social Sciences areas has brought most of the international and national visibility to our University over the years.

The Biological and Health Sciences have experienced exponential growth in the last decade, which reflects the constant investment in faculty training and employment. In the technological areas, PUCRS has a set of structures and mechanisms to promote and support the process of innovation and entrepreneurship that composes the INOVAPUCRS Network.

The focus of University actions through this network is to promote a multidisciplinary effort to seek solutions and respond to the demands of society in terms of economic and social development. INOVAPUC has centers with strong joint ventures with companies for the development of applied research. PUCRS' technology park – TECNOPUC – is one of the largest science and technology parks in Latin America with the mission of creating an environment of innovation and research involving the interaction between academia, the government and industry. Another important unit in the innovation process PUCRS is the Technology Transfer Office - ETT.

The Technology Transfer Office was established in March 2005 to protect the intellectual property of the University and promote transfer of research results to the productive sector, aiming to consolidate and widen PUCRS action and participation in society. ETT is directly linked to the Office of the Provost for Research and Graduate Studies (PRPPG) ETT institutional objectives: Establish and promote, in consonance with PRPPG, the institutional intellectual property and technology transfer policy Implement and communicate the required procedures to protect intellectual property of research results achieved by the different schools of the institution, as well as those related to technology transfer through commercialization of assets, protected or not, of PUCRS ownership.

ETT goals: Be an institutional executive board for all University areas related to the institutional objectives cited above Represent theVicePresidence of Research, Innovation and Development (PROPESQ, in its field of competence, in all internal and external events Promote practical application of the University research results to public benefit, by licensing intangible assets - patents, trademarks, industrial design, computer software - and other forms of technology transfer Regulate protection and licensing of intellectual property in the scope of the University, as well as of equitable distribution of economic gains resulting from commercial exploitation of intellectual property Provide financial incentive to inventors who have their intellectual property commercially exploited Determine the use of part of University financial gains to support new educational and research activities Give consultancy and answer demands on intellectual property registration of companies incubated at Raiar Business Incubator, at PUCRS Technology Park.

Contact Point
Name: Marli Elizabeth Ritter dos Santos
Function: Director
Address: Av. Ipiranga, 6681 - Prédio 96-C, Sala 117 - 90619-900 - PORTO ALEGRE, RS, BRAZIL
Phone: + 55 51 3320-3907
Email: elizabeth.ritter@pucrs.br

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for 
research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 305128
 
  ENTENTE is supported by the European Commission and coordinated by Inserm-Transfert SA