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Technology transfer processes, innovation ecosystem and the Fraunhofer society experience: the Center for Responsible research and Innovation (CeRRI) of the Fraunhofer Institute for industrial Engineering IAO

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Following the State of Sao Paulo Decree 56.569, of December 22, 2010, Butantan established its Tactical Technology Office-TTO, which received an internal Regiment in February 2014. The focus of Butantan TTO is the protection and negotiation of intellectual property, along with the search for new partnerships and opportunities. Butantan aspires to expand the reach of the innovation area, and searches for the acquisition of experiences in the best international practices of technology transfer that shall allow the TTO to achieve more than it does nowadays in terms of innovation, and to intensify the technological transfer opportunities to both public and private partners. Butantan desire for expansion has been well received by Fraunhofer Society and its TTO, called CeRRI (Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, integrated with Fraunhofer IAO), since that institution has invited the head of the TTO at Butantan to visit their structure of technology transfer in Berlin. Fraunhofer Society is Europe largest organization for applied sciences, and technology transfer is the core purpose of all of its activities. Fraunhofer IAO helps its customers to tap new market segments by systematically optimizing both their research and development activities, as well as their technology and innovation management. By performing technology transfer research at CeRRI, there is a focus on questions such as 1) How can research organizations cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and help their collaborators commercialize their research products? 2) How can this process benefit from diversity? 3) What are the hallmarks of a radical innovation? The experience of Fraunhofer IAO CeRRI includes citizen participation in technology transfer processes as well as extensive research on the use of design methods for technology transfer. There is also, as the name "CeRRI" implies, a focus on the European model for responsible research, which, aside from the aforementioned citizen participation in technology transfer, engages in interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other. With the planned visit and the interaction that is intended to happen, the project is meant to allow exchange of knowledge on technology transfer processes and the evaluation of opportunities for doing collaborative projects or research publications between CeRRI and Institute Butantan. The present research project is connected to the phase 1 of the 2017 FAPESP call for PAPI proposals. (AU)

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