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IP & Business Development

The IP & Business Development team focusses on strengthening the societal impact of the research of the university and on stimulating entrepreneurship.

We facilitate researchers in the field of intellectual property.

Patents are often essential to enable further development of promising research of the university. We have a joint UG/UMCG patent policy and provide support in patent applications, commercialization of research of the university and business development. We offer advice and support in IP-licensing or IP-transfer and in the creation of start-up companies.


We provide support in public-private partnerships.

We are experienced in using regional, national or global scale funding opportunities as a basis for public private partnerships. We support the project and idea development phase, we help with consortium formation, searching for regional partners and engaging new relations. We coordinate and align research agendas with regional programs and regional innovation strategy. Our focus is on connecting with all conceivable partners in the Northern Netherlands, North West Germany (from our branch office in Papenburg UGNWG ) and the European North Sea countries.

We work in close collaboration with the Funding Team and the legal department ABJZ. The Faculty Funding Officers are active on the decentral level of the faculties.

Examples of public-private research projects can be found at research collaborations and our brochure about valorization.

Visitors/postal address Kadijk 4
9747 AT Groningen
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Contact details
Tel. 050 363 5459
Northern Knowledge

The IP & Business Development team is part of the UG/UMCG/Hanze UAS knowledge dissemination centre Northern Knowledge (director Annemieke Galema ) and is a merger of the former Valorisation team (R&V) of the University of Groningen and the Stichting Business Generator Groningen (SBGG).

Employees IP & Business Development team and their expertise

For more information do not hesistate to contact us.

ir. J.J.W. (Joost) Breukink+31 50 36 35459Patent Attorney
dr. F. (Fiorella) Brustolin+31 6 1142 3267Regional Funding Officer
mr. S.R. van Dijk+31 50 36 35439Lawyer
ir. H.J. (René) Finkers+31 50 36 37485Projectmanager Energy and advisor for Rural and Regional Subsidys
dr. J.B.E. (Annemieke) Galema+31 50 36 35565Director Research & Valorisation University of Groningen
drs. M.E. (Ellen) Hoekstra+31 50 36 35459Executive secretary
mr. L. (Linda) Hofkamp+31 50 36 33206Valorization & IP-Lawyer
drs. P.R. (Peter) van Kampen+31 50 36 34362Deputy director UGNWG
dr. A.B.M. (Ton) Linssen+31 50 36 38442Patent information specialist
W. (Wiebe) Lise+31 50 36 37873project controller
dr. J.M. (Mirjan) Petrusma+31 50 36 37951Patent Information Specialist
drs. C.S.W. Prent+31 50 36 35459
drs. F.R.H. (Franck) Smit+31 50 36 35459senior adviser and project manager at Northern Knowledge
dr. V.I. Stoica+31 50 36 34619Business Development Manager
A. (Anneke) Toxopeus+31 50 36 32629Assistant Patent Manager
ir. C. Verger, MSc+31 50 36 32812
dr. G.H. (Greetje) Vos-Scheperkeuter+31 50 36 37441Patent manager - Northern Knowledge
drs. F.H. Wijbenga+31 50 36 35002

In collaboration with the Center for Development and Innovation and the legal/contract support desk of the UMCG.

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