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The Winter School of Research Commercialisation is an intensive three-day course designed for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and early career academics who are interested in gaining skills needed to successfully collaborate with the pharma, biotech or healthtech industry partners, or to set up a company in the healthcare field.

Leading European business and academic experts, as well as health-entrepreneurs, will be teaching a carefully integrated programme, with lecturers available for informal discussions.

The Winter School aims to provide a supportive and stimulating international setting where participants can present innovations originating from their research, receive feedback, and establish valuable business and academic contacts for the future.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The values, possibilities and challenges of collaboration between the academia and industry
  • Career options for PhDs in health related industries
  • Research based entrepreneurship in the healthcare and biotech fields
  • Intellectual property management in support of research and innovation
  • Pitching innovation based on your research for funding or collaboration to investors or industry

Who should attend?

The Winter School invites PhDs students, postdocs and other early career academics from all fields with contributions to development of healthcare solutions.
All participants should have a professional proficiency in English (the working language of the School).



Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry

With a long tradition of 137 years of academic activities in the pharmacy and 57 years in medical biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry is one of the oldest faculties within University of Zagreb. Today we are proud of our academic excellence in teaching, scientific and technical achievements, and social responsibility. The Faculty offers a doctoral study programme under the name of Pharmaceutical-Biochemical Sciences. The doctoral study programme comprises two modules:
pharmaceutical sciences module and medical-biochemical sciences module.

In 2017, Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education issued the label of high level of quality to our doctoral study programme on the basis of reaccreditation procedure which includes the recommendation of an international expert panel.

Every academic year FBF welcomes under its wing new PhD students with a mission to educate them as top experts and scientists in the field of pharmaceutical and medical-biochemical sciences.


The University of Zagreb Centre for Research, Development and Technology Transfer

The University of Zagreb Centre for Research, Development and Technology Transfer provides support to research groups at the University in exploitation of research results, helping them to shape their innovative ideas into viable business propositions. We work with research groups from all disciplines in assessing the commercial potential of new technologies and develop commercialization and intellectual property protection strategies, and can support negotiation of R&D and commercialisation agreements and assist in creation of knowledge-based entrepreneurial initiatives.

We also support University of Zagreb research groups and industry to establish lasting partnerships and work with a variety of stakeholders on development of initiatives that strengthen the innovation system. We assist research groups in securing financing for research, development and innovation and provide project management support to University projects funded through programmes such as Horizon 2020 or Erasmus+, or national HAMAG-BICRO Proof-of-Concept (PoC) Programme.

In 2018, the University of Zagreb became Croatian Hub for EIT Health Knowledge and Innovation Community, as a part of the EIT Health Regional Innovation Scheme . Within this framework, the University Centre for Research, Development and Technology Transfer assists EIT Health to identify the best talents, entrepreneurs and start-ups and link them to EIT Health programmes and initiatives, as well as to develop the local health innovation ecosystem.