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In 2012 Plovdiv University signed two contracts with the Ministry of Economy and Energy for the creation of a Technology Centre and a Technology Transfer Office in the framework of Operational Programmes “Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”, which will work in synergy.
The Technology Centre operates in 2 main fields: molecular biotechnology and ecological ICT. It is geared towards applied research with high commercial potential, which is carried out by mobile research teams with the possibility of cooperating with other technological and research institutions in Europe and participation in international research programmes.
The Technology Transfer Office works closely with the Centre and carries out technology transfer activities such as granting access to R&D services, as well as legal, marketing and logistical support for the commercialization of scientific developments made by scientists, as well as businesses from the region and Bulgaria at large.
The main activities of the Office and the Centre include three main strands:
In the initial stages of its development the Office is also financing activities such as development of feasibility studies of innovative projects, prototypes at an advanced stage of development and establishment of relations with companies and institutions from the Plovdiv region and Bulgaria as a whole.