Karen Laigaard - opening words at the Spin Out conference

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Karen Laigaard - opening words at the Spin Out conference

Opening words at the Call for Spin-outs conference in Copenhagen October 2012
Karen Laigaard joined the University of Copenhagen in March 2003 to set up and manage Copenhagen University’s Technology Transfer Office. The University has six faculties 37,000 students and 8,500 employees (of which 5,500 researchers).
The Tech Transfer Office staff (12 people) are responsible for the identification, the protection and the commercialisation of Copenhagen University’s research results. The Office receives around 60 invention disclosures per year, it entered 21 licensing agreements in 2011 on behalf of the University and the office also assists academic staff with a considerable amount of research collaboration agreements. The Office’s newest initiative is the project, “Copenhagen Spin-outs”, a collaboration between three TTOs and central stake holders who will work together to create more biotech spin-outs from academia. The project has a total budget of 5.4 EUR.
Karen lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1992 to 2001. She was employed for six years with the University of Glasgow’s commercialisation office, Research & Enterprise. As the office’s International Marketing Manager she was responsible for the international promotion of the University’s research expertise. Prior to joining Research & Enterprise, Karen worked at The British Council, Scotland, on an export promotion project funded by the UK Department of Trade & Industry and Scottish Trade International.
From 2007 to 2011 Karen was a member of the board of ASTP (Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals) and was the President of ASTP from May 2009 till May 2011.

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