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Genomnanotech Debrecen Regional Knowledge Center


The Hungarian government realized that the subsidization of innovation oriented R&D at universities is very important. The commercialization of these R&D results is essential as well. With the support of “Pázmány Péter Program” the industry and universities can cooperate and develop products/services/technologies together. This increases the regional and national competitiveness of the country.

Leading Edge Technologies in the Debrecen University Region: Applications in Genomics, Nano- and Biotechnologies

Objectives of the practice

  • launch translational R&D activities centering around the University of
  • Debrecen
  • transfer the knowledge generated at the University to the technology market
  • create a framework for the transfer process, and to raise awareness in the
  • citizens of the University
  • ensure efficient protection for intellectual properties


GENOMNANOTECH Regional Knowledge Centre (GND RKC) has been launched as a result of a competitive call for proposals published by the National Office for Research and Technology (NORT) in 2004. In this project sixteen companies carry out applied research together with researchers of the University of Debrecen, one of the most rapidly developing knowledge centers of the Eastern-Central-European region.

PROGRAM 1: New approaches for diagnosis and therapy of metabolic syndrome covering the highest morbidity diseases: from genomics to clinical applications

PROGRAM 2: Foundation of a competitive agro-biotechnology in the environs of the University of Debrecen: partnership from genomics to the product

PROGRAM 3: Industrial level development of drug candidates and functional foods and safety pharmacology services in a research unit at the University of Debrecen

PROGRAM 4: Biomedical measurement methods and nanotechnology

PROGRAM 5: Technology transfer, utilization of research results

Main results

Quantitative results:

  • No. of new technologies: 110
  • No. of new know how-s: 15
  • No. of new IP-s: 38
  • No. of new spin-off companies: 6
  • No. of international publications: 459
  • Dynamic development of industrial partners

(55 % annual average growth of net income per company)

Qualitative results:

  • installing an innovation management system, including a project evaluation system at University of Debrecen
  • setting up Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office of University of Debrecen, which became a significant player of the innovation system in Hungary
  • enhancing R&D intensive investments to Region Észak-Alföld in cooperation with Innova
  • Pharmapolis cluster comes into being
  • Richter Gedeon Plc (Hungarian big-pharma company) set up its new biotechnology plant creating 110 new jobs in Debrecen

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