European Innovation Council: Programmes and opportunities for innovation support to researchers, spin-offs, start-ups and SMEs

Info day | Innovation & Technology Transfer Office of "Athena" RC


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The Innovation & Technology Transfer Office of "Athena" Research Center organizes an online info event about the programmes and opportunities for development and implementation of innovation offered by the European Innovation Council (EIC), and has invited the EIC Programme Managers, who will present the EIC and its respective programmes.

The presentations will cover, EIC funding and non-funding support for innovation as it was developed in 2021, in the fields of Health / Biotechnology and Energy / Environment. The event is intended for researchers, spin-offs, start-ups and SMEs from the Greek innovation ecosystem. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the EIC and its programmes, how one can participate and ask relevant questions to the EIC Programme Managers.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) has been established under the EU Horizon Europe programme. It has a budget of €10.1 billion to support game changing innovations throughout the lifecycle from early stage research, to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and SMEs.
The EIC takes a pro-active approach to managing funding under the leadership of EIC Programme Managers who develop visions for innovation and technology breakthroughs and steer portfolios of projects to achieve these goals.

The online event will be presented in English, on January 19th, 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 CET.
To participate, please register here. 
Welcome and opening words by the President and General Director and introduction to the event and speakers by Innovation & Technology Transfer Office of “ATHENA” RC 
EIC funding and EIC Health and Biotech non-funding (strategic intelligence-based)  support  - Iordanis Arzimanoglou Download the presentation (.pdf)
12:10 - 12:30: Presentation - EIC the most effective catalyst of turning breakthrough science into disruptive innovation; EIC Pathfinder structure and 2021 Challenges in health and with health component; EIC Pathfinder Health and Biotech portfolio categories and selected projects; EIC Transition structure and 2021 Challenges; EIC Accelerator structure, statistics and selected heath and biotech projects; EIC Program Managers: Key roles and how they work and select topics in thematic areas; Building strategic intelligence in the EIC Health and Biotech sector;
12:30 - 12:45: Q&A
EIC funding and EIC Green Technologies innovation initiatives - Antonio Marco Pantaleo and Francesco Matteucci Download the presentation (.pdf)
12:45 - 13:05: Presentation - EIC pro-active or hands-on management approach; EIC 2021 Green Tech Challenges (Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator); EIC Program Managers; Building innovation intelligence and ecosystems in the Green Tech sector; 
13:05 – 13:20: Q&A
General Q&A and closure
The speakers
Iordanis Arzimanoglou has a thirty-year postdoctoral international career in the crossroads of genetics and innovation, having held research and senior management positions at both operational and strategic levels. Since June 2020, he has been Programme Manager for Health and Biotechnology at the European Innovation Council (EIC), where he´s responsible for developing visions for technological and innovation breakthroughs. Dr. Arzimanoglou has previously worked as an EIC Coach & Senior advisor to genetic diagnostic, therapeutic and drug discovery startups and SMEs in 11 different European countries, and has helped the EC/REA and EIT. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Thessaloniki Innovation Zone managing company, and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of the Aarhus Biotech Cluster managing company, Denmark. In both his Chief Executive Officer appointments, he managed complex portfolio and shareholder interests and expectations in a cross-functional matrix setting and supervised the drafting of the strategy plans. As an academic, he was Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York and prior to that, he was Chief of Cancer Genetics Research Program at Lennox Hill Hospital, New York. Before joining Lenox Hill, he was a research scientist in the Division of Medical Genetics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York. Iordanis holds a PhD from the University of Athens in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, a Boston University Graduate Certificate in international business management, and performed his postdoctoral work in the Department of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York.
Antonio Marco Pantaleo has 20 years of experience in multidisciplinary research projects in renewable and clean energy technologies (solar, wind, biomass, and hybrid), energy systems integration, biosystems engineering, energy use in agricultural engineering and food processing. He holds a first degree in electric engineering form Politecnico of Bari and a PhD in process systems engineering from Imperial College London, where he is affiliated as research fellow to the Clean Energy Processes Lab (CEP) and Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE) of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He is associate professor of clean energy technologies at the Department of agro-environmental sciences of the University of Bari. Before joining the University, he co-founded an energy service company, joined Edison Energie Speciali as wind and biomass energy engineer and the strategic planning division of GSE. He worked as scientific expert and consultant for public and private organisations, including the Italian Ministry of Research, and was vice-Rector for energy policy of University of Bari. 
Francesco Matteucci is an innovation manager with 20 years of experience spent as a researcher in materials science, as a Corporate R&D Manager within the field of technologies for renewable energy production and storage, and as an intermediary of knowledge trying to exploit the research results within the field of energy and environment. As R&D Corporate manager, he also cofounded and directed several start-ups and joint-labs managing public-private partnerships.As a facilitator of knowledge exploitation (IoK), he co-managed publicly funded projects, as well as Emilia Romagna Climate-KIC Innovation Centre, Dhitech Living Lab on Nanotechnologies, Emilia-Romagna Greentech Clust-ER. Francesco acted as scientific expert within the Vanguard Initiative ADMA Pilot, reviewer of research projects, co-authored over 30 scientific papers, 5 patents, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara as well as speakers in many conferences and workshops. Since October 2020 he is an EIC Programme Manager focusing his activities on Green Technologies and in particular on materials for energy and environmental sustainability.


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