Start-up AcademicLabs brings European and Japanese scientists together

Start-up AcademicLabs brings European and Japanese scientists together

The Technology Transfer Helpdesk of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation to launch new search features thanks to a partnership with the European startup AcademicLabs.

Tokyo/Ghent - The EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, and AcademicLabs are launching a strategic collaboration to enhance the level of synergies and interaction amongst highly innovative organizations across Europe, and Japan.

The partnership will allow users and members of the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk to monitor the trends of the European scientific landscape and to connect directly with their suitable research partner. Among over 50,000 research groups at 200 leading European universities (and growing), ideal research partners can be easily identified leveraging information about a partner’s mission, current research focus areas, past publications and partners, principal investigators and contact details.

AcademicLabs aims to bring more transparency in the extremely fragmented scientific ecosystem by connecting two of the most research-intensive geographic areas in the world and constitutes an additional step towards an open innovation paradigm in which companies work seamlessly with universities and research centres.

“The partnership with AcademicLabs is an additional way to concretely show how public and private entities can work together to offer win-win solutions that can benefit common stakeholders” said Luca Escoffier, Project Manager of the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk.

The Chief Business Officer of AcademicLabs, Francesco Ruospo, commented that “the collaboration with the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk is the perfect opportunity for accelerating our mission to bring transparency and democratize access to the scientific ecosystem. We share the same vision to help people to seamlessly find strategic partners across the world to realize life-improving technologies”.

The EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk is one of the initiatives of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, and it aims at supporting EU and Japanese companies, universities, research centres and individuals in their steps to search for technologies and understand the mechanics of tech transfer transactions, as well as bridging the knowledge gap about currently available technologies from both Japan and the EU.

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese Government. It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses. is a Belgian startup, founded in 2015, aiming to bring clarity and transparency in the R&D ecosystem to facilitate partner discovery and collaboration. The award-winning company has created a platform where over 10,000s of scientific research groups are easily discoverable based on their mission, current research activities, and past achievements. Moreover, the platform allows the systematic discovery of European projects and funding calls, scientific publications, clinical trials, and patents. Following identification of key partners, AcademicLabs streamlines consortium creation and collaboration via its integrated consortium solution. The startup currently collaborates with global leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, biotech clusters and leading European universities embracing the vision of open collaborative innovation.

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