Doctor Joana Feijó

Business Development Director
Health Cluster Portugal

Joana Feijó holds a degree in Microbiology from the Catholic University, a master’s degree in Basic and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from ICBAS. Near 20 years of her professional career were spent in the private sector working on business strategy, product development and commercialization in the Healthcare industry. From 2015-2018 Joana has been developing a tech start-up on the Tourism area aside with consultancy projects on the Healthcare sector. Joana worked at CRITICAL Group between 2009-2015, where she has passed through different companies: from Critical Health & Oncaring, through Critical Software and Coimbra Genomics. Before joining CRITICAL, Joana has worked 3 years at ALERT Life Sciences Computing, as the Director of Clinical Content and Functional Analysis Dept. During those years, she has worked on the company internationalization to the BR, USA, UK and NL markets. Joana is now part of the Health Cluster Portugal (HCP) Executive team as Business Development Director.


Technology transfer can take place between universities, businesses and governments, either formally or informally, to share skills, knowledge, technologies, manufacturing methods, and more. This form of knowledge transfer helps ensure that scientific and technological developments are available to a wider range of users who can then help develop or exploit it.

The commercial exploitation can involve the creation of joint ventures, licensing agreements and partnerships to share the risks and rewards. This can also be coupled with the raising of venture capital.

An important part of tech transfer is also the protection of intellectual property (IP) associated with innovations developed at research institutions. This can mean licensing patented intellectual property to outside businesses or the creation of start-up companies to license the IP.

In this workshop discussions will revolve around the Technology Transfer frameworks and good practices that have proven be successful in different innovation ecosystems. It will be applied a Technology Transfer model based on a three step process to different use cases: the registration of patents, copyrights, trademarks & designs; the proof-of-concept and the securing of seed funding.