Progress Tech Transfer

Sustainability. Technology Transfer. Investments
Progress Tech Transfer is an investment fund specialized in sustainable technologies from research of Italian universities and public research organizations, start-ups, spin-offs, and visionary entrepreneurs. Complexity is our comfort zone, as we work with technology transfer offices in top institutions to scout deep tech opportunities and intellectual property leads to drive growth from lab to market and create impact. This is what we stand for. And we do it with a distinctive approach that blends finance, business vision, and industrial connections.

Progress Tech Transfer

Sustainability. Technology Transfer. Investments
Progress Tech Transfer is an investment fund specialized in sustainable technologies from research of Italian universities and public research organizations, start-ups, spin-offs, and visionary entrepreneurs. Complexity is our comfort zone, as we work with technology transfer offices in top institutions to scout deep tech opportunities and intellectual property leads to drive growth from lab to market and create impact. This is what we stand for. And we do it with a distinctive approach that blends finance, business vision, and industrial connections.

Our Vision

Patient capital

This is how they call it. This is what we bring. Financial resources for early stage technologies we like to see grow and become business opportunities. We are ready to trade quick returns tomorrow for huge impact in longer timeframes. But we don’t take any backseat. Rather, we side with inventors and entrepreneurs to create our journey and find the right trail to success.

Money,
More than money

The Progress Tech Transfer management team blends a unique combination of financial resources, mixed competences and industrial connections. We provide money, but before and beyond that, we work with teams to build their capacity, to transfer our passion, patience and knowledge, and to create opportunities for rewarding exits.

Experience matters

Our team has over hundred man/year of combined experience in technology transfer, intellectual property management, business strategy, intelligence and finance. Unlocking the value of early stage technologies is not an easy job; what we are today has been built over years of direct experience with researchers, technology transfer offices, investors, industrial players worldwide.

Sustainability,
We really mean it

Progress Tech Transfer focuses on technologies for sustainability. Energy, water, air, waste, new and smart materials, new crops. We look at whatever technological lead can create impact and help solve the gran challenging of a fast -growing worldwide population and limited natural resources. We transfer progress from technology to markets.

Fund Manager

Quamvest S.A. is the regulated alternative asset manager of the Quilvest Group.

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Quamvest S.A. is a fully licensed AIFM with the capacity to manage a broad number of investment strategies and asset classes through a number of investment vehicles that are promoted either by the Quilvest Group related entities or by other third party institutions. The Company was incorporated in 2013 to respond to the new requirements of the AIFMD regulations and also to reinforce the service offering of the Quilvest Group in the alternative investment space.
Today, the company provides risk and portfolio management services for more than 90 separate portfolios. In addition, Quamvest delivers for the portfolios it manages compliance, reporting, marketing, and other services that are required by market practice and the applicable legal and regulatory provisions.

Advisory Company

MITO Technology is the strategic advisor of Progress Tech Transfer
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At the intersection of IP law, technology and business strategy, MITO is the responsible partner for companies, universities, venture funds, start-ups and research centers to turn their intellectual property in economic success. With over one hundred man/year of business, technology, intellectual property experience, and a selected group of highly skilled and talented professionals,

MITO Technology offers strategic assistance to Progress Tech Transfer to achieve the most from business opportunities in the field of sustainability while providing fundamental connections with Italian research institutions and technology transfer offices.

MITO Technology

Francesco De Michelis

Francesco graduated with a law degree from the University of Trento Law School and was admitted to practice law in Italy. He was a Senior Intellectual Asset Manager at the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Department of the Fondazione Torino Wireless, a dedicated structure for the professional and vertically-integrated management of all the steps of production and commercialisation of IPR.

He co-authored a book on technology transfer agreements and is a regular speaker in workshops and conferences on intellectual property, licensing and technology management. He is the CEO of MITO Technology and oversees the licensing activities of the company, particularly for evaluation of inbound technologies and negotiation of IP transactions with licensees. He has an extensive experience in dealing with universities and public research institutions and managing internal organisational issues.

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Andrea Basso

Andrea Basso, PhD (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL CH and Stanford Univ. USA)
Is currently serving as CTO of MITO Technology. He serves a senior expert for the European Commission and for WIPO.
In previous positions served as CEO of Sisvel Technology and as CTO of the Sisvel group where he oversaw evolution of Sisvel strategic technology areas and worked on business strategy and new market development.

He has 147 granted patents. He has been instrumental in the support of patent litigation in outstanding cases. He has been consulting as patent developer and he is the recipient of the 2012 AT&T Intellectual Property Award for outstanding contributions to Intellectual Property.

While in Bell Labs and AT&T Labs –Research USA, as Research Manager has developed 22 years of research experience he led research on multimedia technologies and he has developed innovative services and architectures for IPTV and Over The Top (OTT).

Andrea has been involved in the development of standards in several international bodies including IETF, ISO/MPEG, 3GPP, ITU-T and IMTC.

Andrea has published 60+ papers, several books chapters. He is a frequent speaker in international conferences and events.

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Massimiliano Granieri

Massimiliano Granieri is professor of Comparative Private Law at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Brescia where he teaches Business Law and Intellectual Property (art. 6, para 1., l. 240/2010). He has been adjuct faculty at LUISS Guido Carli Department of Management and Widener Law School. He was visiting scholar at the George Washington University National Law Center (Washington, D.C.) and at the Jamail Center for Legal Studies of the University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. Massimiliano earned a J.D. (cum laude) in Comparative Law from the LUISS Guido Carli Law School. He received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; a Ph.D. in Comparative law from the University of Florence and was the Jemolo Fellow at the Nuffield College, Oxford.

In his professional life, Massimiliano has been admitted to practice in Italy as an attorney-at-law (Rome bar). Former Head of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer group at the Fondazione Torino Wireless, he was counsel with the Office of Technology Transfer of University of California (Oakland), and past board member of ARTI Puglia, Fondazione Felice Chirò, Mekna, ASTPPRoton. He is currently board member of NETVAL (the Italian Network for the Valorization of Research). He acted several times as consultant for the European Patent Office and was the member of the IPR Expert group of the European Commission (DG Enterprise) for the exploitation of patents.

Massimiliano has published extensively in the field of economic analysis of law, antitrust, intellectual property and contract law. He is author of five books and authored an co-authored more than a hundred of book chapters and scientific articles.

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Technical-Scientific Committee

We have a superb group of academics and business professionals that continuously supports our investment strategy, from scouting to evaluation, from organizing to exploitation, with sharp advice and relentless generosity.

Tom Hockaday

POC expert
Director TTO, University of Oxford 2006-2016

  • Concluded over 400 licence agreements and assisted in the formation of 62 spin-out companies since 1997

Alberto Salleo

Scientific expert
Professor, and Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering

  • UC Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Palo Alto Research Center

Eva Milella

Scientific expert
IMAST President

  • IMAST is the Tech District of Material Engineering in Campania
  • AIRI Strategic Committee
  • Aspen Institute, Plart, ARTI
  • CNR Manager

Roberto Castagno

IP Expert
Head of IPR at Neste

  • IP rights strategy
  • Patent acquisition and divestment transactions

Giorgio Simbolotti

Scientific expert
Head of Strategy / Renewables, ENEA

  • Enea is the National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Previously IEA, OECD, Iter
  • 120 publications, technical reports, books, articles

Emilio Paolucci

POC expert
Full Professor Strategic Mgmt & Entrepreneurship Politecnico di Torino

  • Former chairman of “Spin-off” and “Patent Committee”
  • Co-founder of Electro Power Systems (WEF 2012 “Global Cleantech 100″ list), now listed on Euronext

Technical-Scientific Committee

We have a superb group of academics and business professionals that continuously supports our investment strategy, from scouting to evaluation, from organizing to exploitation, with sharp advice and relentless generosity.

Tom Hockaday

POC expert
Director TTO, University of Oxford 2006-2016

  • Concluded over 400 licence agreements and assisted in the formation of 62 spin-out companies since 1997

Alberto Salleo

Scientific expert
Professor, and Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering

  • UC Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Palo Alto Research Center

Eva Milella

Scientific expert
IMAST President

  • IMAST is the Tech District of Material Engineering in Campania
  • AIRI Strategic Committee
  • Aspen Institute, Plart, ARTI
  • CNR Manager

Roberto Castagno

IP / Scientific expert
Head of IP Services, TECH – Nokia Technologies

  • IP rights strategy
  • Patent acquisition and divestment transactions

Giorgio Simbolotti

Scientific expert
Head of Strategy / Renewables, ENEA

  • Enea is the National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Previously IEA, OECD, Iter
  • 120 publications, technical reports, books, articles

Emilio Paolucci

POC expert
Full Professor Strategic Mgmt & Entrepreneurship Politecnico di Torino

  • Former chairman of “Spin-off” and “Patent Committee”
  • Co-founder of Electro Power Systems (WEF 2012 “Global Cleantech 100″ list), now listed on Euronext

Portfolio

Sustainability means using technology to tackle the grand challenges that the mankind faces in the contemporary world, from green energy production, storage and saving, to water preservation, from waste management to sustainable crops, from new eco-materials to improved production methodologies. We believe so much in sustainability that created a technology transfer fund entirely committed to finding and funding business opportunities in the field.

Companies

Start-ups and spin-offs funded by Progress Tech Transfer.
waterview
Waterview

Weather affects every aspect of our life. So, in the era of smart cities, smart roads, smart everything, why not having smart weather monitoring, to automatically provide meaningful weather insights and make our lives better? This is what we do everyday at WaterView, by developing groundbreaking technologies that look from a completely new perspective what everyone else considers a simple camera.

Waterview.it

respectlife
RespectLife

RespectLife has developed an innovative technology for the production of polypropylene-based fabrics with high performance features, finished without chemical products and without elastomers and a natural candidate to replace cottons in bed linens, isolation gowns, blankets and other material currently used within hospital for clinical applications, as well as of use in other fields, including, but not limited to, sportswear, fashion and technical clothing.

respectlife.it

hiq-nano
HiQ-Nano

HiQ-Nano is a spin-off company from the Italian Institute of Technology focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of high-quality nanoparticles. The mission on the company is to guarantee excellence in the production of nanoparticles and related technologies to our clients, allowing researchers and industries to thrive thanks to the exceptional properties of nanomaterials.

hiqnano.com

mat3d
MAT3D

MAT3D is a joint spin-off company of Modena and Reggio Emilia University and Parma University, specialized in designing and manufacturing new advanced materials for 3D printing in different industrial sectors from prototypes to mould&tools to end-use parts.

mat3d.it

Finapptech
Finapp

Finapp, a spin-off company from the University of Padova, has developed an innovative sensor for water sensing on large areas based on the measurement of neutrons generated by cosmic-rays. Thanks to new methodologies and new materials, Finapp has innovated the way of measuring environmental neutrons.

finapptech.com

Blubrake
Blubrake

Blubrake develops and produces advanced mechatronic systems focused on braking and sensing applications for bicycles, in particular e-bikes. The company developed the only ABS (anti-lock braking system) for e-bikes that can be fully integrated inside the frame and that can drastically increase safety on every kind of e-bikes, from city to mountain, from trekking to cargo.

blubrake.it

HTMS
HT Materials Science

HT Materials Science Ltd. is the developer of Maxwell 2020®, an innovative, award-winning, sub-micron heat transfer fluid technology. Maxwell 2020® is a ’drop-in’ additive for use in new or existing commercial and industrial cooling and heating systems. Maxwell 2020® enhances heat transfer, resulting in a reduced energy consumption (benefit expected in the range of 15-25%), which delivers lower energy costs, enhanced equipment performance and a significant reduction in carbon emissions, leading to paybacks for clients of as low as 6 months.

htmaterialsscience.com

Proof of Concepts

Proof-of-concept projects funded by Progress Tech Transfer. The goal of these projects is to validate the technology and to identify the most promising market applications.
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The research group of the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento, led by Prof. Gian Domenico Sorarù, has developed an innovative method for the manufacture of "nano-belts" felts with very high porosity and very low thermal conductivity that find applications as a thermal insulation material in the field of filtration of aggressive or high temperature fluids, as well as in catalysis and acoustic insulation. The Proof of Conceptfunded by Progress Tech Transfer will focus on validating specific features of the material and the process and on clarifying the most promising market applications.

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The research group of Professor Sara Spilimbergo from University of Padova has developed an innovative processes to pasteurize fresh food at low temperature  with the aim of increasing its safety without compromising the nutritional and health aspects. The technology uses high pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pasteurizing agent in its supercritical state. CO2 is a non-toxic, inert gas that is made available from secondary processes and industrial waste. The Proof of Concept funded by Progress Tech Transfer will concentrate on validating specific features of the technology on the basis of the needs of the target markets.

For a better understanding of all our investment choices we identify for all companies one or more
Sustainable Goals from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.
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