Commercialization of innovative technologies is imperative, so that society could benefit from such technologies to advance Sustainable Development. Strengthening of linkages between research and market stakeholders is crucial in this respect. APCTT provides supports to Governments to design effective technology transfer and commercialization strategies and provides capacity-building to policymakers. The Centre facilitates creation of specialized networks and hosts technology databases. The Centre’s focuses are the cross-border business cooperation among technology promotion/transfer agencies, R&D institutions, small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), startups, and promoting technology-based business partnerships.
APCTT supports capacity building through carefully designed workshops and training of trainers (ToT) programmes. APCTT delivers these programmes in partnership with APCTT’s focal points and nodal agencies at the national level including chambers of commerce and industrial federations in member countries.
Enabling IP policies are key drivers of innovation, technology transfer and enterprise development. It is equally important to protect the IP of inclusive and grassroots innovations which offer innovative solutions for local problems. Without appropriate awareness and management skills, SMEs may be unaware of the value or benefits of their IP, or may expose themselves to market risks. APCTT undertakes a series of capacity building initiatives in the Asia-Pacific to enhance awareness and understanding on Intellectual Property Management.
To support the technology transfer and commercialization efforts of R&D institutions, startups and SMEs, it is essential to strengthen their capacity to successfully handle the technology transfer process in a holistic manner and develop skills ranging from business case preparation, technology sourcing, technology assessment, technology selection, technology pricing, negotiation, contract finalization, implementation and impact assessment. APCTT delivers specific regional and national capacity building activities focusing on key areas of technology transfer and commercialization as per the expressed interest of member countries.
APCTT puts special focus on countries with special needs to strengthen their capability in technology transfer policymaking, skill development and technology deployment. Recent examples are Bhutan and Myanmar.
- The Centre provided policy advice to Bhutan and assisted in developing a blueprint to design a technology requests database for catering the needs cottage and small industries. The Centre’s consistent efforts and engagements with the Royal Government of Bhutan resulted in the inclusion of developing a technology database for CSIs in the Cottage and Small Industry Policy of Bhutan (i.e. section 6.5.2) published in July 2019 launched during Bhutan Economic forum for Innovative Transformation 2019.
- In Myanmar, APCTT implemented a project (2015-2016) to support integrated socioeconomic development in the Myanmar dry zone in the context of inclusive and sustainable development with special emphasis on livelihoods improvement and food security. Under this project, APCTT facilitated transfer of 59 elite mung bean (Green gram) lines with pest and disease resistance were transferred to the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR), Myanmar through its knowledge partner, World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC).