Technology Transfer Award received by doc. Ing. Tatiana Bojňanská, CSc.

by Veronika Straussová

Practice-oriented research is a trend in today's science as well as its future. This is evident in the growing interest of the business environment in this kind of research, but also in the innovative potential and practical usefulness of specific research results. The Technology Transfer Award in Slovakia 2017 was awarded to the best of the best. For the fifth time already, the award has proven that scientific work has a significant practical level as well and that research results have a clear objective – to be used in the common practice. The award in the category INNOVATOR was awarded to doc. Ing. Tatiana Bojňanská, CSc., Director of the AgroBioTech Research Center of SUA in Nitra.

The organizer of the competition is the Slovak Centre Of Scientific And Technical Information and the awards are always awarded on the occasion of the Technology Transfer conference- an event with the international participation both in Slovakia and abroad. This year´s award ceremony marked the seventh year of its existence and therefore it has become an established platform for expert discussion on the issues of intellectual property protection and its commercialization. This year, it took place on 10th and 11th October in the Center's premises.

This topic is also central to the process of decision-making when it comes to each individual category included in the Technology Transfer competition in Slovakia.

The first category INNOVATION apprises the best  practically usable result of scientific research, which is currently undergoing the process of protection and commercialization. The award is usually awarded to the originator of the technology or team of designers. This year, the winner was the technology of Contrast medium and its use developed at the P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, originators of which are: RNDr. PharmDr. Patrik Jakabčin, doc. RNDr. Jozef Uličný, CSc. and colleagues. Innovation is intended for better diagnosis and treatment in the field of gastroenterology.

The award in the second category- INNOVATOR, was awarded to doc. Ing. Tatiana Bojňanská, CSc., Director of the AgroBioTech Research Center of SUA in Nitra. "Our scientific activities are in a considerable way focused on applied research, and therefore any feedback on our work is a great encouragement for us," says doc. Ing. Tatiana Bojňanská, CSc. Her exemplary approach to the Commercialization of Durable Pastry for Special Nutrition Purposes and of the Bakery Product of Specific Composition and Design- were met with positive reactions and reviews. Negotiations are currently taking place with a private partner about the introduction of these products into production. doc. Ing. Tatiana Bojňanská, CSc. added that consumers today are generally well educated about the nutritional value of food and its quality. According to her, the consumers will therefore soon initiate the demand innovation.

The award in the last category- TRANSFER TECHNOLOGY WORKPLACE- was this time awarded to JUDr. Anna Arvaiová of the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. Although the university does not have a specialized technology transfer facility, JUDr. Anna Arvaiová has -thanks to her active approach and in cooperation with the Slovak Centre Of Scientific And Technical Information- created a functional support system at the university in the field of Technology Transfer.  

Among the three nominees in this category was once again also the Transfer Center of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, which has received this prize in 2016.

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