The Council for Commercialization at UP successfully completed the last seven sub-projects within the framework of a university-wide project supported by the TACR GAMA TG01010080 program “Effective transfer of UPOL knowledge into practice”, which lasted from 2014 to 2019. The main objective of the project The R&D of Palacký University in Olomouc has been completely fulfilled.
The aim of the whole project was to support the transfer of new R&D results into the application sphere by using public funds more effectively to increase their rate of return. As a side effect, the project aims to increase the competitiveness of the Czech Republic and increase the quality of life of the population. “Thanks to this program, scientists at Palacký University could practically verify their ideas, develop new concepts such as a system for increasing the effectiveness of sports training based on heart rate variability measurement, production of medically active substances in plants, robotization for automatic small seed handling for phenotyping lines, or a program for experiment planning and laboratory management at secondary schools ”, said one of the project managers Filip Auinger. “In most cases, this phase of the project ended with concrete proposals for new substantially improved products, processes or services, especially in the form of patents and solutions protected by industrial legal protection, models of functional samples, etc.,” he added.
The project dealt with a total of 28 partial projects out of 62 submitted. Of the 28, 26 were supported by the GAMA project, one from its own resources (the Commercialization Fund) and one project was terminated before the start of PoC funding following a market lack of interest. The total budget of the project was CZK 19,928,000, 52 results were achieved. One result on average cost 383 ths. CZK. 77% of the results were either tangible outputs (prototype, functional sample, SW) or industrial rights. 73 workers across the University were involved in contracts or agreements for PoC projects and commercialization, which accounted for more than 3% of UPOL researchers. Project TG01010080 was in charge of the Science and Technology Park of UP.
However, the end of this phase of projects does not end with PoC support. The new GAMA2 project will start on 1 January 2020 and will run until 2022. Those interested in PoC support can now contact the Science and Technology Park of UP, or anytime during the year. Their request will be submitted to the Commercialization Council at the earliest possible date of the meeting (frequency of meetings is 3 months).
Successful projects include:
Superquitta – software that has already been launched, enabling sophisticated analysis of text and text data that can be widely used in applications such as news analysis, search for primary sources, respectively. plagiarism search, web analysis, etc.
UniTrap – magnetic particle separator for laboratory use. Thanks to its design it is highly versatile, simple to operate and last but not least it is possible to produce it through 3D printing. The separator is used in and outside the University’s laboratories, and a license agreement has been concluded with Labicom.
Keylock – a method for marking products and detecting counterfeits in connection with Raman spectroscopy. KeyLock Technology won the Gold Medal in the Chemistry, Agriculture, Healthcare and Biotechnology categories at the International Invent Arena 2016. Licensing negotiations are currently underway on the application of technology in the oil industry. The first spin-off for this PoC project is being established at UPOL and negotiations with the investor are ongoing.
Austinometer – portable device for non-destructive measurement of austenite in steels. The developed technology won a gold medal in the category of metallurgy, engineering and construction at the international exhibition Invent Arena 2018. At present, a whole series of trials are under way for end customers in the framework of secondary economic activity.
Surface – Resistance sensor system with wide dynamic range and short response time. The primary application of this system is very fast and accurate measurement of surface condensation. At present, several NDAs are signed with industrial partners, a technology license is being negotiated with one of the leading multinational companies that manufacture car headlights in the Czech Republic.
Pokusnice – software is already available on the website. Thanks to the software, primary and secondary schools can plan experiments based on the storage of chemicals and laboratory aids they can lead through the application