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Partnering of Institutes of the Helmholtz and Leibniz Association and coordinator of the German National Genome Research Network

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ascenion GmbH


Ascenion is the exclusive partner of eight life-science institutes in the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations, and coordinates technology transfer for the German National Genome Research Network. They currently market around 500 patent families, together with a varied range of research materials, e.g. antibodies, animal models and vectors.

They advise public life-science research institutions in all aspects of intellectual property asset management. With their support, commercially attractive inventions, materials and know-how are promptly identified and given appropriate patent protection. They find suitable industrial partners, negotiate licensing and cooperation agreements, and accompany start-ups on the road to independence. Ideas thereby lead to new jobs and products, such as a novel anti-cancer drug or a procedure for identifying harmful bacteria in drinking water. The proceeds from commercialisation flow back to the research institutions.

Since its foundation in 2001, Ascenion has negotiated over 120 agreements between research and industry and has accompanied numerous spin-offs through their foundation and early growth. They hold equity in 12 of these companies. To date, Ascenion has forwarded the Life-Science Foundation nearly 2 million euros, the majority coming from exit proceeds.

In addition, since 2003, their partner institutes have received around 1 million euros per annum from contracts negotiated by Ascenion. Many agreements provide for milestone payments and royalties, payable by the industrial partner to the research institution in line with successful product development and commercialisation.

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