ALIEUGO, a collaborative project for technology transfer from universities
Aligo Innovation and the network LIEU have just announced the renewal of the International valorisation framework Agreement signed between the parties in April 2015. The objective of the ALIEUGO project remains the same: to open new perspectives for the valorisation of ALIGO and LIEU technologies by facilitating access to the local and regional industrial market both in Wallonia-Brussels and in Quebec. A project supported at the University of Liège by the Interface Entreprises - Université.
he network LIEU (Wallonia/Brussels - Belgium) and ALIGO (Québec- Canada) wished to extend their partnership (April 2015) by renewing and reinforcing a collaborative agreement. This agreement (ALIEUGO) aims at sharing the two portfolios of technologies to facilitate their economic exploitation across the ocean and on another hand, at exchanging experience and good practices on IP and innovation management in universities.
The ALIEUGO project meets in this way the priority of the Wallonie-Bruxelles / Québec cooperation in support of economic and technological cooperation. The ALIEUGO cooperative agreement will enable to open new markets by facilitating the access of ours portfolios of technologies for companies in Wallonia-Brussels and Quebec, establish a common technology transfer process ( as a pilot project of international collaboration, this process could be applied with other international partners - particularly within the rising « espace francophone de la valorisation »), issue a standard agreement for a specific international technology transfer between the partners and share experiences and best practices in technology transfer and in contract research with companies.
Based on its experience, this collaboration could also be extended to other partners in the french-speaking development area. Indeed, the ALIEUGO project is already arousing the interest of various research valorisation cells (and associated networks) who wish to capitalise on existing resources and collaborations to facilitate and increase their transfer capacities.
Aligo & LIEU : universites networks
Together, Aligo and LIEU bring together 17 universities and share several common activities, including technology transfer through the granting of intellectual property rights to established companies, the start-up of spin-off companies, and the setting up and financing of technological and commercial maturation projects. The privileged relationships of the two groups with key players in their respective regions, including strategic financial and business partners, will bring economic benefits, particularly by increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in each region through access to expertise and academic innovation.
About Aligo Innovation
Aligo is a research development company bringing together 10 university partners with their affiliated hospitals and research centres: McGill University, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Concordia University, Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop's University. Aligo provides its partners with the resources to develop technologies with high potential. Through its industry knowledge and network, Aligo contributes to efforts to link discoveries from university research to the business world.
About the network LIEU
The LIEU Network brings together the KTOs (Knowledge Transfer Offices) of the universities and university hospitals of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. For the past ten years or so, universities have been working to coordinate their efforts in the field of knowledge transfer and exploitation. They have thus come together within the LIEU Network and have developed numerous joint projects, carried out within the 6 thematic innovation platforms or the 5 transversal working groups. University development teams work together to consolidate the supply of university skills to companies and other organizations, and to detect and develop the results of more than 10,000 researchers. The network and activities are supported by Wallonia and Europe.
Research & Innovation Dpt / Interface Entreprises-Université
Michel MORANT - M.Morant@uliege.be