Innovation Management and Technology Transfer

Innovation Management supports technology and knowledge transfer at the HZI. For us, transfer means that science-based know-how is applied outside the scientific community.

Transfer Strategy

The transfer of research results into medical and pharmaceutical applications plays a central role at the HZI. In addition to scientific exchange, the aim is to pave the way for the transfer of technology and knowledge into practical - possibly commercial - application. The Centre is therefore committed to sustainable technology transfer to third parties, including small and medium-sized enterprises and industry. The HZI's national and international position in research and development is to be sustainably strengthened in the coming years through an attractive transfer portfolio including a broad spectrum of innovative active agents, novel diagnostic procedures and their transfer into clinical application as well as innovative digital health technologies.
The translational research approach will make the HZI an even more attractive partner for companies as well as open up new career opportunities for young talents, e.g. in the context of spin-offs. The HZI will fulfil its responsibility even better in the future through the targeted transfer of knowledge to society and politics.

Find out more about the Helmholtz Association's transfer strategy here.

H3 Health Hub - A Helmholtz Transfer Academy 

The H3 Health Hub - A Helmholtz Transfer Academy - is a joint program of the six Helmholtz Health centers. It enables researchers, employees and aspiring entrepreneurs to successfully transfer results from lab into business. H3 provides a platform for community, learning, events and collaborative projects in this field. The partners from the regional life science ecosystems are integrated closely throughout the process.

The team includes experts from technology transfer, innovation management and human resources development from all centers to cover the entire development process of aspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, it is supported by an advisory board of experts who provide with strategic support.

Transfer Support

The HZI has established a structured procedure for professional technology transfer, which includes advice and support from an external technology transfer partner, Ascenion GmbH. The technology transfer officer for the Centre is Dr Stefan Scherer, head of the Innovation Management staff unit at the HZI. Ascenion's on-site contact persons are Dr Sabina Heim and Dr Petra Köhler. They are available to all HZI staff for questions regarding patent protection and the utilisation of inventions, working closely with Dagmar Meseke from the HZI's patent office.

Ascenion GmbH also supports HZI scientists in founding spin-offs. The HZI supports spin-offs and offers, among other things, workshops (e.g. via the TRAIN Academy) and management advice for potential founders.

You can find out more about technology offers from the HZI's research at

Answers to your questions regarding inventions, patents and licences can be found in our FAQs.


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