University of Alaska Anchorage and SET Technology GmbH signed a five-year collaboration contract for Technology Transfer and IP commercialization

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Anchorage, Alaska, US and Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and SET Technology GmbH, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany, announced a cooperation to accelerate the commercialization and development if Intellectual Properties (IP, Patents). Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) at UAA, and Thomas Hermsdorfer, founder and CEO of SET, signed a five-year collaboration contract on December 18, 2017, to help commercialize of UAA’s patents through SET’s network of German research institutions and universities.

Under the guidance of its VPRGS, UAA has been experiencing dramatic growth in research, creative work, and commercialization. The VPRGS has created a commercialization infrastructure including Seawolf Holdings, and a strategic approach to fostering, supporting and expanding faculty and student research efforts and commercialization creating a climate of innovation and collaboration. Since 2011, the number of faculty and student patent filing has increased from 1 to 52, patents granted from 0 to 11, and its first four startup companies have been formed.

“We are very excited about the cooperation between UAA and SET. It is one of the activities that will contribute to continuing further commercialization of the increasing numbers of UAA patents through SET’s services in technology transfer,” said Dr. Wisniewski. “It is a privilege to partner with SET’s outstanding CEO and management team, and the capabilities it offers.”

With its services in technology transfer and R&D consulting, SET offers the assessment of patents from UAA’s portfolio as well as design of a promising deployment structure. This requires a set of subordinates to perform general IP evaluation and classification, assessment of fields of application and recording of requirements, SWOT analysis, deployment strategy as well as summary and continuation activities.

The first set of commercialization and technology transfer projects under consideration include: (i) a patent portfolio for microbiocidal remediation of oil in arctic water (Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Bremerhaven), and (ii) an assessment and development of commercialization processes /projects for carbon fiber production created from Alaskan raw materials.
“SET is very proud to cooperate with UAA and is adding with UAA an important new network partner and client to its international partner network”, mentioned Thomas Hermsdorfer.

About UAA

The University of Alaska Anchorage, a public research university, is the state’s largest postsecondary institution, educating nearly 18,000 students annually through doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and the WWAMI School of Medical Education. Its multiple campuses are located in some of the most beautiful places in Alaska, with the main campus in the heart of Alaska’s largest city. UAA’s mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression.

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About SET

SET Technology GmbH, founded in 2007, is a technology transfer company located in Germany. As a collaboration partner for research and development organizations and universities, SET delivers implementation and commercialization services regarding to customer requirements. SET’s core business focus is on commercialization of proven technologies and the development and commercialization of Intellectual Properties. Also, SET offers business development to industrial partners and companies based on new innovations and network opportunities.

In 2016, SET started the major focus "Smart City" with an own subsidiary company to break down this headline to real projects and execution. Mid- and long-term strategy of SET is to establish a successful technology transfer model, driven by deployment structures and options like "smart city" and to establish own technology platforms and spin-offs in major technical areas like water, food and logistics.

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