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What is technology transfer?

Validé TTO´s main mission is to close the gap between science and industry by building a solid and sustainable brigde between inventors and industrial partners.

We are passionate about innovation and we are looking forward to discussing your ideas with you wether you are a scientist, entrepreneur or a student.

Our team of skilled innovators, business developers, lawyers, and IP managers will help you with evaluating your idea’s potential and realize the idea as a product or service.

If you have an idea to discuss or would like to know more about Validé’s Technology Transfer Office, please contact one of our team members directly or send a general inquiry to

As the Technology Transfer Office for the main research institutions in the Stavanger region, we are responsible for transforming their innovative ideas into products and services that will benefit society.

Our process involves every stage of the innovation chain from the identification of innovative ideas to licensing or start-up venture. The process also includes securing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), innovation management, and business development.

The Validé Technology Transfer Office
Definition: «Technology transfer is a term used to describe a formal transfer of rights to use and commercialize new discoveries and innovations resulting from scientific research to another party» - Association of University Technology Managers.

In 2003, new legislation passed by the Norwegian parliament came into effect, granting universities the right to capitalize upon Intellectual Property (IP) developed by their employees.

This shift launched a nationwide ambition to efficiently bring new innovations to market. The University of Stavanger and other collaborative research institutions are committed to being part of the transfer of innovative technologies, even faster and more successfully than before – for the benefit of society.

The aim of Validé TTO is to commercialize new innovations and discoveries that result from acedemic research and research and development (R&D) to another party for the benefit of the society.

Our process involves every stage of the innovation chain from the identification of innovative ideas until licensing or start-up venture, throughout securing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), innovation management and business development.

Primary functions include:

  • Encouraging the disclosure of new discoveries and ideas
  • Establishing and maintaining a professional and supportive innovation culture
  • Identifying and managing new innovative projects and IP portfolios of research institutions
  • Securing intellectual property rights
  • Closing the founding gap between the discovery of new ideas and the proof of concept
  • Generating revenues for inventors and research institutions
  • Developing and maintaining strong collaboration with industry and commercial partners
  • Enforcing commercial awareness and motivation among researchers
  • Licensing technologies

Validé TTO has a highly qualified and experienced team that includes professionals with both scientific and business backgrounds.


  • Innovation management
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Idea and IP evaluation
  • Risk management and quality assurance
  • Market research and commercial strategies
  • Market and commercial partner evaluation
  • Licensing and start-up ventures
  • Education and training

Key Metrics

Annual figures

  • 15-20 transactions in form of licenses
  • 150 innovation disclosures
  • $2 Million turnover
  • 10-15 priority date patent applications
  • 30+ innovation projects (Technology Management, Optimization, Proof-Of-Concept)

Overall figures (2002-2018)

  • 100+ patent families
  • 85+ licenses, start-ups, and technology sales
  • $9 Million invested into proof-of-concept project funding
  • $70 Million raised in start-ups
  • $200 Million accumulated value in related enterprises
  • $23 Million generated from exits

HERE WE ARE: Anne Cathrin Østebø, Ole Jørgen Engelsvoll, Eirik Sønneland, Kari Birgitte M. Wiig, Terje Handeland, Izaskun Muruzábal and Johann Mastin. (Photo: Hilde Garlid)

Hvorfor driver Validé med technology Transfer?

Validé sitt samfunnsoppdrag er å flytte forskning og kunnskap fra universitets- og forskningsmiljøene ut i næringsliv og samfunn. Men hvorfor driver vi med det?

Validé TTO sitt mandat og samfunnsoppdrag

Validé TTO sin oppgave er å kommersialisere innovasjoner fra den akademiske forskningen (FoU) til en annen part, industri/næringsliv, til beste for samfunnet. Validé er TTO for seks forskningsmiljø og prosjektpartner med to andre.

Definisjon på TTO: «Teknologioverføring er et begrep som brukes for å beskrive en formell overføring av rettigheter til bruk og kommersialisering av nye funn og innovasjoner som følge av vitenskapelig forskning til en annen part».

I 2003 ble en ny lov vedtatt av Stortinget som gir universiteter rett til å kapitalisere på intellektuell eiendom (IP) som er utviklet av deres ansatte. Dette skiftet lanserte en nasjonal ambisjon om effektivt å bringe nye innovasjoner til markedet. Universitetet i Stavanger (UiS) og de andre samarbeidende forskningsinstitusjonene i regionen er i følge norsk lov, pliktet til å bistå med denne overføringen av innovativ teknologi. Slik ble TTO-ene etablert, og det er elleve av dem i Norge i dag.

Målet for alle TTO-ene er å flytte innovasjoner og smarte løsninger raskt og mer suksessfullt enn tidligere til et næringsliv og marked som virkelig trenger nye løsninger. Slik som du ser forklart i denne videoen:

Why TTO is important

CHANGE THE FUTURE: Traditionally the TTO have focused on domestic commercial activities, but today our licensees and startups are making impact on the global scale. (Photo: Hilde Garlid)

Technology Transfer as an industry has gone through significant changes during the recent years. Since its establishment in the 80s, its main focus was licensing intellectual property rights to established industry, by generating long lasting revenue streams to the research institutes and providing benefit to society. During the last decade, universities, hospitals and research institutes engaging in technology transfer started to demand significantly more. Focus on entrepreneurship, startups, industry collaboration, joint ventures and activities in general connected to innovation management became standard. Academic researchers, especially the upcoming young generation are more and more wanting to sit in the driver’s seat and endeavour into startup venturing. Not to mention the high demand from students to learn, practice and be part of enterprises and innovation projects created at the Universities.

The modern technology transfer support comprises multiple functions to be able to facilitate these processes and fulfil the demands. Since not only the nature of technology transfer has changed but the pace of it too, today it is not uncommon that within a few months an innovation project goes through the whole value chain, from identification to licensing, startup launch, accelerator program and investment. This is a very demanding, high risk and complex operation what requires a perfectly functioning innovation ecosystem. Synchronised operations within and in between the core business units, which in Validé`s case are technology transfer, startup incubator and investment. We are proud to have built and operate a very effective system what enables modern technology transfer operations in the Rogaland Region.

How do TTO operate?

Validé`s R&D and innovation portfolio are powered by researchers and students at six research institutes.

Their portfolio includes research and innovation activities from various technical areas such as Agriculture, Aquaculture, Biotechnology, Construction, Food, Energy, Health Technology, Life Sciences, Material Science, Medical Devices, Software.

There is a strong strategic focus on research and innovation in the region, and the Research Institutes have significantly improved the number of researchers employed and students.

Validé is dynamically increasing the two most important metrics of any TTO: number of disclosures and the number of transactions. Traditionally the TTO have focused on domestic commercial activities, but today our licensees and startups are making impact on the global scale.
Here are some examples of spin-off companies with global impact:
Prometheus Medical Nordic

Innovation Disclosure Form

The «Disclosure of Invention» form, aka DOFI, let’s you describe your idea and do some initial reflection on the market and possible competition. It is a great document for us to review and we will highly appreciate it if you could describe your idea using this template.

You can find the DOFI template here
Or: you can download, fill in and send us this form in an email to:
DOFI (English)
DOFI (Norwegian)

Validé is TTO partner to six research institutes

SCIENCE: Validé TTO has a mandate on behalf of these institutions that allows both the researchers and the TTO to make direct contact, identify and evaluate new innovations, and collaborate on commercial activities.

Validé TTO is located in Stavanger, Rogaland, the «capital of energy» in
Norway. The region has a strong and innovative business and science and environment in oil and energy.

Validé TTO is located at Innovasjonspark Stavanger which is a high-tech environment for technology development and business growth.

Our partner research institutes are:

University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12.000 students and 1.600 members of faculty, administration, and service staff. (2018) UiS is organized into six faculties, 13 institutes, two national research centres and the Museum of Archaeology. Many of the externally financed research activities are performed in cooperation with Norce, which is partly owned by the university.

Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) Health Stavanger HF is one of the country's six university hospitals, and one of Norway's largest emergency hospitals. The hospital is owned by the regional health company Helse Vest. SUS has more than 7.800 employees from over 30 nations. The hospital serves a population of 369,000 in southern Rogaland, from Hjelmeland in the north to Sokndal in the south. (2018)

• Nofima is one of Europe's largest nutrition-oriented research institute that carries out research and development for aquaculture, fisheries and food industries. Nofima delivers internationally recognized research and solutions that provide industry with competitive edge across the entire value chain. Nofima AS has its headquarters in Tromsø, and research activities in Alta, Bergen, Stavanger, Sunndalsøra, Tromsø and Ås. The institute was established on January 1th, 2008 and has about 370 employees. The turnover was NOK 595 million in 2017.

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) was established on July 1, 2015 and is one of Norway’s largest research institutes and delivers knowledge of food and plant production, environment, maps, land use, genetic resources, forests, business, business and social economics. The head office is at Ås. The institute has several regional units and a branch office
in Oslo. NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and is a merger between the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) and the Norwegian Forestry and Landscape Institute (Skog og landskap).

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has studies and research that address the major global issues of environment, energy, development, better public and animal health, climate challenges, renewable energy sources, food production and area and resource management. NMBU has 5200 students, 1700 employees and 64 study programs. (2018)

- Validé TTO collaborates with Ard innovation, which is the technology transfer office (TTO) for NIBIO and NMBU, and 100% owned by these research institutions.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL - Haugesund) is one of the largest Høgskole in the country, with about 16.000 students divided into five campuses. HVL was established on January 1th 2017 when Høgskolen i Bergen, Høgskolen i Sogn and Fjordane and Høgskolen Stord / Haugesund merged. HVL has five campuses in Western Norway: Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord and
Haugesund. Here you can study for one year, or do a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree.
HVL has a strong and innovative academic environment in health and social science, engineering and maritime education, teacher, cultural and sports subjects, natural and social sciences, and economics and management. Every year, 3100 students graduate from these subjects. Validé is TTO to Stord and Haugesund.

... and we are partners with to others

Norce is one of Norway's largest independent research institutes, and has 700 employees, 1 500 projects, an annual turnover of NOK 890 million, and some 500 scientific publications per year. If we include NORCE's subsidiaries, the group has 800 employees from around the world. The group's knowledge is represented in several countries, and its turnover is over NOK 1 billion.NORCE's main office is in Bergen, and the group has a strong presence in Haugesund, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Grimstad and Oslo.

VID Specialized University is an accredited, private higher education institution. With approximately 525 employees and 5290 students VID is the third largest private higher education institutions in Norway.

VID undertakes education and research in the fields of health and social sciences, educational science, management, diaconia and theology. The University offers approximately 50 study programmes at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels, and our objective is to develop as a national institution through regional cooperation. The University has campuses in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Sandnes and Tromsø.

Validé TTO has the mandate on behalf of these institutions to establish contact and create a community-friendly environment between researchers and industry in order to identify and evaluate innovations more quickly in order to collaborate further on commercial activities.

Where do you find Validé TTO?

Validé TTO is located in Innovasjonspark Stavanger, which is a high-tech environment for technology development and business growth. The Innovation Park houses 150 small and large companies, and has an environment of 900 employees.

Innovasjonspark Stavanger, hovedbygg i2

The campus of the University in Stavanger (UiS) is 500 meters away. Innovasjonspark Stavanger is part of Campus Ullandhaug where research institutions such as Norce and state institutions such as the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (OD) and the Kartverket are in our local community. In 2023 the new University Hospital in Stavanger (SUS) will become a part of Campus Ullandhaug.

Funding programs for research-based innovation

EARLY STAGE: Validé is the host of different funding program. We guide you to the right program and assist you with the application.

Plogen - Supporting new and innovative ideas

The Plogen Program is a regional initiative in Rogaland to support research-based innovation projects leading to the development of new products and services or in other ways making an impact on society. The Program is a key mechanism to elevate technologies from the basic Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1 – Research, to Technology Optimization (TRL 2-4) and to Proof-of-Concept (TRL 4-6).

Who can apply?

  • Employees at the UiS can apply for up to 100.000 NOK.
  • The applicant must be employed at the respective research institute throughout the entire project period.
  • The underlying intellectual property/concept/idea must be related to the applicant’s research area and area of interest.
  • In case your application is not eligible for support under the Plogen Program, the TTO will still provide an assessment and redirect you to the right program.
  • We welcome inter-institutional and multidisciplinary projects so as applications submitted by teams
  • We encourage the involvement of students during the project.

  • Please download the documents for more information and application:

ENGLISH AND NORWEGIAN: Plogen information
ENGLISH: Plogen Application Form
NORWEGIAN: Plogen søknadsskjema

Questions? Please, contact us:

Commercialization funding from The Research Council (Forny2020)
Innovation projects and companies from the research institutions associated with Validé can apply for commercialization funds. This is a grant from NOK 0.5 million, which can be used to verify technology and business opportunities.
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Research Council
The Research Council has funds for innovation and commercialization in most subject areas.
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EU Horizon - SME Instruments

Small and medium-sized enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country affiliated with Horizon 2020 can receive EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their business to other countries - in Europe and beyond. Horizon 2020 finances innovations with high potential through a dedicated SME instrument that offers seamless business innovation support.
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Innovation Norway

Start-up support from Innovation Norway offers help to entrepreneurs and promising start-ups who have growth ambitions and who have an innovative business concept that represents something new and significant in the market. One of the main goals of Innovation Norway is to remove obstacles and assist Norwegian startups to international success.
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