Technology transfer

AMI ensures that its expertise, research results and technologies are valorized and can contribute to solving problems and creating new applications. AMI contributes to the developed of new materials-based innovations by collaborating with implementation partners along the value chain.  The professional support offered by AMI's own industrial liaison and technology transfer office guarantees a clear and efficient set-up of collaboration schemes. AMI follows the "General Principles of Technology Transfer at Swiss Universities" and is geared to best practices of professional technology transfer between academia and industry.

The responsible partnering with companies is based on the following principles:

True partnership

AMI is seeking for true win-win situations. We believe in projects that simultaneously meet the interests of AMI researchers and the needs of the industrial partner - this is the key to a successful partnership.  The Institute receives additional research funding to further its knowledge in a field of interest and the companies gain a competitive advantage by exploiting the findings and know-how of the academicians.

Furthering and sharing knowledge

The publication of scientifically relevant research findings is a central task of universities. This guarantees the advancement of the academic junior staff, helps positioning the research labs in their field of expertise and guarantees high quality peer-reviewed research on international level. Before publication, adequate time for the preparation and submission of a patent application will be provided, thus enabling the future economic valorization of the results.

Sharing economic success

Companies build on AMIs expertise and technology, which was partially developed with the support of public funding. The results of a collaboration might contribute to the commercial success of the company. AMI therefore is entitled to an appropriate financial share of the revenues generated by the cooperation partner through commercialization of the (co)-created intellectual property. This money is re-invested into research that might set the basis for the next innovation.

Securing Intellectual Property

Publishing and securing IP are not contradictory and AMI is well aware of the value of IP. Together with its cooperation partners, AMI makes efforts to obtain adequate protection of its research results.

AMI is a founding member and partner of TechTransfer Fribourg and an active member of the following Swiss and European technology transfer associations:

  • Swiss Technology Transfer Association (SwiTT)
  • Association of European Science & Technology Professionals (ASTP)