Five teams representing the Agricultural University of Georgia, National Center For Disease Control and Public Health, Eliava Institute, Tbilisi State Medical University, and Ilia State University will meet in Tbilisi and compete for a chance to win a $300,000 grant to establish a new Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) in Georgia, which will provide training in technology transfer and commercialization for university and research institute professionals.
In the first phase of the event, the TCO teams will be joined by nine members of the Business Partnership Grant Program (BPG). The BPG team will receive intensive training and one-on-one mentoring from Dr. Guven Yalcintas and Dr. David Jobes, experienced scientists and entrepreneurs. The TCO teams will also receive training and feedback from Dr. Yalcintas and Dr. Jobes to prepare them for the competition finale, where they will give their final business presentations in front of a panel of international and local experts who will select one team to receive the $300,000 grant.
Establishing a new TCO in Georgia is crucial for the ability to identify and support promising biological research and innovative technology in the region. Funding for both programs is provided by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), with the overarching objective of reducing the risk of biological weapons proliferation and enhancing biosafety and security, by broadening DTRA’s engagement of scientists in Georgia and the South Caucasus region in productive, collaborative scientific research.
The event, hosted in partnership with the Georgian Research and Development Foundation, will take place March 17-19. CRDF Global staff members Robert Esler (Senior Program Manager) and Evgeniy Krasowski (Program Manager) will be attending and coordinating the event.