The Foundation maintains a permanent commitment to science produced in Galicia and the value to be obtained from its results, in the form of regular training programmes to improve our researchers’ skills and professionalise technology transfer processes, organised in collaboration with Isis Innovation, the University of Oxford’s technology transfer company. In the period 2011-2012 one hundred and forty researches and transfer managers attended these training sessions. Created in collaboration with Isis Innovation in 2010, the Technology Transfer Training Programme is aimed at professionals from all over Spain working in the evaluation and commercialisation of technologies developed in universities, research results transfer office networks (OTRIs), hospital foundations, technology centres and other R&D&I institutions. The programme includes training stays at Isis Innovation and training activities in Galicia and other locations in collaboration with organisation such as the Fundación Genoma España, RedOTRI Universidades, Consorcio Biopol´H, or Rousaud Costas Durán SLP.
Oxford Innovation Society Meeting & Dinner
In November 2012 the Barrié Foundation and Isis Innovation organised the second Oxford Innovation Society Meeting & Dinner to be held in Spain. This occasion, an international point of reference for supporting open innovation first launched in the UK in 1990, was chaired by the Foundation’s President, José María Arias Mosquera, and Isis Innovation’s Managing Director, Tom Hockaday. The reason for holding this event in Madrid is to further the consolidation of a stable network of cooperation between the scientific and business communities in Spain, based on the experience accumulated by the OIS in its home country. The OIS Meeting & Dinner has been a regular fixture in Oxford for the last twenty years, and until last year had only once been held outside the UK (in Hong Kong), its usual venue being one of Oxford University’s colleges.
During the event, José María Arias, President of the Barrié Foundation, was honoured with an Oxford Innovation Society Fellows Spain 2012 award, which was presented to him by Mr Giles Paxman, British Ambassador to Spain, who highlighted the Barrié Foundation’s support for the modernisation and internationalisation of science and technology in Spain, and its contribution to the global transfer of the results of Spanish scientific research. In the words of Mr Arias during the event, “the Barrié Foundation’s goal is to continue to seek ways of bringing research to market: to open up new avenues through which, and if possible in partnership with other institutions and players in the science system, we can contribute the best we have to give to a state of affairs, that of the world of research, which is currently facing hard times here in Spain”.