Episode 11: The Future of Technology Transfer with Saara Inkinen

Tech transfer is a world where flexibility and pivoting through change is paramount. This has become extremely evident given the current pandemic. But what key shifts have occurred within the market throughout the past year? This week on You Should Know This, I sit down with Saara Inkinen, Technology Transfer & Innovation Management Consultant at her own company, Nordic Catalyst, to discuss not only how COVID has impacted the dynamic of collaboration within the Tech Transfer industry, but also the future of innovation creation and management.


Clara Mouawad

Clara is the Content Specialist at BCC Research, where she spends her time writing blogs and white papers, designing graphics and thinking up ways BCC can take over the world...like with a podcast.

A world traveler (less so during COVID19, of course), marketing whiz and always thirsty for knowledge, Clara finds innovators in a variety of fields and asks the question that our listeners want to know: How will this industry, technology or company shape how we live and work in the future?

Episode Timeline

  • [00:30]Introducing innovation management in TTO
  • [01:20]Saara's journey to the TTO industry
  • [04:04]The bridge between ideas and business
  • [05:55]The most exciting trend/innovation in TTO in the past 10 years
  • [07:12]The impact that both Covid-19 and the switch to remote schooling has had on TTOs
  • [10:04]How TTOs have aided in Covid related research
  • [11:43]What the industry will look like post pandemic
  • [13:27]Saara's perspective on the industry from an international point-of-view
  • [14:57]The shift in collaboration between schools on conducting research
  • [16:04]What can TTO professionals do now to successfully navigate the upcoming changes
  • [17:26]Some of the advantages of digital meetings and events
  • [18:18]One tip for those entering the TTO field