Max Planck Innovation has been in business for more than 30 years. During this time, it has shaped technology transfer substantially. We have established a strong network within the scientific community and industry, comprising professional investors, lawyers, patent attorneys and tax consultants, as well as scientific experts and company representatives from various sectors of industry. We have closed contracts with more than 200 different companies and negotiated seed funding rounds for spin-offs from the Max Planck Society with more than 35 investors.
Our experience and contacts are the fundamental components of our success. We use them to provide optimal support for the scientists and company founders of the Max Planck Institutes, but also to contribute to political debate. In this respect Max Planck Innovation has contributed to novel concepts of the federal government in order to improve the innovation strength of Germany.
Likewise, we are in close contact with other technology transfer institutions, exchanging ideas for the development of professional standards and advancing novel instruments for technology transfer – both at national and international level – for example, as members of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP), ProTon Europe (Innovation from Public Research), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and Alpha Consortium.