Politecnico di Torino (IT)
The Regio Politecnico di Torino (Royal Turin Polytechnic) was founded in 1906, but its origins go back further. Engineers and Architects are the main professional figures at the Politecnico di Torino. Both have strategic planning and a common interdisciplinary approach. The range of studies is broad and ever-widening: it spans space, environment and land, telecommunications, information, energy, mechanics, electronics, chemistry, automation, electrical engineering, industrial design, architecture and building, restoration. The Politecnico as such does not have its own technology transfer department. The activities are split between two organisations, both of which are operated in conjunction with other regional actors: I3P, a company for incubator services and COREP, a regional consortium for technology transfer services, the latter being part of the DIFUSE consortium.
COREP, the Consortium for Research and Continuing Education, was established in December 1987. At present, the Consortium is composed of the three Piedmont universities, local bodies, entrepreneurial associations and important industrial players. The aim of COREP is to effectuate specific collaboration initiatives between the universities, the services and production sectors, and local public institutions in two predominant areas - technological transfer and high level advanced training. COREP focuses mainly on experiments and research in the technical-scientific and didactic-methodological fields; fields which are the basis for the development and promotion of innovation. Technology transfer for the promotion of innovation lies at the heart of COREP’s activities. The Consortium’s objective is to make the most of the studies conducted by public and private bodies and the corresponding skills of the researchers and students involved in projects and to place the reults at the disposal of the business sector, in particular small and medium size enterprises.
COREP has established a technology transfer structure to develop skills useful to specific working environments. Within this structure there are three essential tasks and areas of expertise: Science & Management; Legal and Marketing (wherein an individual working in this area would have a knowledge of various industry sectors and be well versed in business development, critical negotiations and sales skills).
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