Technology transfer as the process of developing practical applications for the results of scientific research is one of the most interesting aspects of life-science.
The process to commercially exploit research varies widely. It can involve licensing agreements or setting up joint ventures and partnerships to share both the risks and rewards of bringing new technologies to market. Other corporate vehicles, e.g. spin-outs, are used where the host organization does not have the necessary will, resources or skills to develop a new technology.
With respect to the author it can be stated that important aspects of his research were prepared for the market and then transfered to small enterprises for commercial exploitation.
Here, examples are given which were of increasing commercial interest and have been established successfully:
- Recultivation of degraded agricultural sites in Amazonia (1987-1999)
- Biostimulants for horticultural plants: commercial inoculum of mycorrhizal fungi (1989-2013)
- Exploitation of a forgotton fibre plant: the stinging nettle (1990-1996)
- Domestication: In vitro cultivation of the medicinal plant Baptisia tinctoria for pharmaceutical use (1996-2004)
- Cultivation suitability of useful plants and fungi for non-professional urban production: Shii-take, Chilli, and others
- Applied agro-ecology: the Moringa Start-up and Innovation Centre Sierra Leone (2016-today)