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Best Practices and Pitfalls in Commercializing IVD-Applicable Biomarkers Handbook

This handbook collects some of the best practices and pitfalls encountered at different phases of biomarker discovery, development, patent protection and technology transfer at universities, hospitals and research organizations.

The input for the collection has been sought from true-life practices:

  • practices found in literature or taught by experts in the field;
  • opinions and expertise of different stakeholders (end users, companies, technology transfer professionals, researchers, financiers);
  • recommendations, regulation and laws;
  • as well as practices learned the hard way, i.e. repeatedly failing somewhere in the process and later adapting the process for increased success.

The main target group of the handbook comprises professionals working in Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs). The presented practices are yet not intended to be interpreted as strict rules but rather as a source of inspiration. Optimal ways to proceed with patenting and commercialization significantly vary between cases and circumstances.