KULeuven Research & Development (LRD) was established in 1972 as one of the first technology transfer offices in Europe and has a long tradition in collaboration with industry, patenting, licensing and spin-off creation.
LRD is dedicated to building bridges between science and industry and to transferring knowledge and technologies to the marketplace.
LRD’s multidisciplinary team of over 70 people includes legal counsellors, IPR officers, business development managers and a specialized financial and administrative staff incorporating EU Framework Programme advisors. The team guides both researchers and companies through all aspects of the technology transfer process.
The prominent position of the university hospital within the KULeuven brought about a particular interest in medical and health related research. In consequence, LRD has acquired relevant expertise and dedicates substantial resources towards technology transfer activities within these fields. In 2008, LRD was awarded the IPTEC Tech Transfer Award in Frankfurt. This international award recognizes institutions with an outstanding record in technology transfer: making the bridge between science and industry, and getting technologies to the market. http://lrd.kuleuven.be