Success Stories

The WTZ West can already look back on many exciting projects, ranging from successful events to interesting lectures and from concepts to videos. In this section, you can see what our project partners do!

Quality Management in Research and Production 

Together with Standortagentur Tirol’s Cluster Life Science, the WTZ West organised a seminar on “Quality management in research and production – industry insights and outlooks” as part of the “LFU KarriereGipfel” on November 15, 2017 at the CCB. Dr. August Aukenthaler, Head of Quality Management and Qualified Person at Pharmazeutische Fabrik Montavit, offered interesting insights into the theory and practice of quality management. After the seminar, the participants had the chance to ask questions and discuss interesting subject matters with the lecturer.

Contact: Pamela Schech, CRA  Medical University Innsbruck


Workshop: How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon2020? 

On November 10, 2017, a workshop on “How to write a competitive proposal for Horizon 2020” took place at the Medical University of Innsbruck. The workshop was held by Sean McCarthy, arguably Europe’s best and most renowned expert in the field of successful project applications for the European research funding programme Horizon 2020.

The main objective of the half-day course was to support 76 researchers in composing highly competitive proposals for Horizon 2020. Covered topics included Horizon 2020’s relevancy for EU politics, common problems in writing proposals and success criteria for applications. Sean McCarthy shared valuable tips on collecting information, choosing strategic partners and avoiding duplicate applications. Last but not least, the workshop focused on the best strategies for successful procurement. As the central message, McCarthy advised participants to “think like an evaluator”.

The event was jointly organised by the Medical University of Innsbruck, Standortagentur Tirol, Enterprise Europe Network and the WTZ West and turned out a great success.

Contact: Pamela Schech, CRA  Medical University Innsbruck


MedTech Science Days: Successful Start to an Innovative Event Series

On November 9, 2017, the first “MedTech Science Day” took place at the Medical University of Innsbruck as the opening event for the new, virtual “MedTechLab”, a WTZ West project jointly organised by the Medical University of Innsbruck and Management Center Innsbruck in cooperation with Standortagentur Tirol.

The MedTech Lab is a new, innovative format for information, innovation, training, networking and cooperation. In the upcoming months, there will be more workshops and information events as well as excursions to companies in the field of MedTech and Life Science. The “MedTech Science Days” are an important part of the lab, with five more to follow during the next couple of months. The event series focuses on presenting current core research areas as well as the laboratories and facilities of the Medical University of Innsbruck and Management Center Innsbruck, giving participants a great chance to network. The first MedTech Science Day presented the following three research groups:

  • 4D Lab; Ao. Univ.Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freisinger
  • Psychoacoustics Laboratory, Mag. Dr. Josef Seebacher
  • Micro CT, Priv. Doz. Dr. Wolfgang Recheis

The next MedTech Science Day will take place at the Management Center Innsbruck on February 16, 2018 and focus on “Rehabilitation measures”.

Contact: Pamela Schech, CRA  Medical University Innsbruck


Base.Founders.Week: 62 Hours of Idea Training

29 students + 15 fields of study + 6 teams + 20 helping hands + 6 founding workshops + 5 start-up stories + 62 hours of work + 300 cups of coffee = BASE.Founders.Week

29 future founders from 15 different fields of study seized the chance to work on their business models together during company founding workshops, expert talks, morning sport and founders’ success-and-failure stories. The week culminated in a final pitch on Friday night, where the participants presented their work to an expert jury, putting it through a first reality check.

Guided by five mentors, the founding teams worked on different ideas, including a patented wood-comb designer handbag for business ladies, a theft tracking system for bikes, Slide Lizard – the Powerpoint plug-in and feedback tool for a better overview in the Powerpoint jungle, Wish-Wash – the MatchingApp for clean clothes, FoodFriends, the food platform for optimized food allocation and FINT, the finance info exchange platform. “I had high expectations. I wanted to work with motivated people who made a deliberate choice to attend the workshop. And I can only say that my expectations were exceeded,” says a satisfied participant of Founders.Week.

Contact: Mag. Birgit Wimmer-Wurm, Johannes Keppler University Linz


How to Manage Cooperations between Universities and Museums – A Manual

Successful cooperation projects between universities and museums need careful planning. The Mozarteum University Salzburg recently published a manual which guides practitioners step-by-step throughout all phases of such a cooperation project. The different positions and missions of museums and universities are discussed and practical national and international best-practice examples are given.

Effective and successful cooperation needs time, mutual understanding and, last but not least, professional know-how in the fields of

  • project management
  • quality management
  • project communication
  • crisis management
  • public relations

Clear rules, a well-structured process, coordination and organizational skills are also essential in even less complex projects. Cooperating means taking care of a common goal and taking on responsibility. The cost-benefit ratio must be well-balanced for each partner. Detailed checklists and a Memorandum of Understanding template complete the manual.

Download Manual (pdf)

Contact: Mag. Kathrin Anzinger, University of Art and Design Linz


MUI Research Report 2016

The Medical University of Innsbruck recently published its “Research Report 2016”. The report is available as pdf as well as an online booklet.

For environmental reasons and reasons of sustainability, MUI only published a small print run of the report. The edition was financed by the WTZ West project. The publisher gives thanks to all researchers for their contributions.

Download Research Report 2016 (pdf)

Contact: Pamela Schech, CRA , Medical University of Innsbruck


Who invented it? – The new IPR toolkit

No matter if you’re dealing with patents, copyrights or licencing issues – handling intellectual property correctly is a crucial factor in science as well as research. The WTZ West IPR toolkit offers scientists legal tips on:

  • exploiting research results and
  • protecting intellectual property.

The IPR toolkit is a legally approved hands-on guide for researchers – and it is easy to understand, comprehensive and practice-oriented. In addition to basic information and links to contract samples, it also contains further sources for free patent and brand research.

Download IPR toolkit

Comprehensive online FAQs

Contact: Mag. Alexandra Wagner , University of Salzburg


Workshop: “Biobanks”

At the first biobank workshop taking place at the Medical University of Innsbruck on June 13, 2017, participants had the chance to learn about new quality standards of biobanks. The informative event mainly addressed managers of research-oriented human tissue and fluid sample collections and was supported by the Knowledge Transfer Centre West as well as the Standortagentur Tirol.

The reproducibility and reliability of (bio) medical research results largely depends on the quality of the used bio samples. To ensure a high quality of such samples, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a series of technical specifications (TS) defining quality demands for pre-analytical processes from taking samples to long-term storage. As future ISO standards, these specifications will also play an important role in the daily work of research institutions.

The workshop started off with introductory lectures by G. Göbel (Medical University of Innsbruck) and H. Haslacher (Medical University of Vienna), who joined the event instead of A. Wutte (BBMRI-ERIC), and continued with short expert talks by B. Huppertz (Medical University of Graz), H. Fiegl and S. Embacher-Aichhorn (both Medical University of Innsbruck) on standards for different material types (e.g. snap-frozen and FFPE tissue, venous whole blood, serum, plasma, urine) and sample distribution. The lectures were followed by small group discussions (world café) on the implementation of abovementioned standards and the resulting challenges and demands for biobanks and collection managers.

Lecture notes can be downloaded here (German only):

Contact: Pamela Schech, CRA , Medical University of Innsbruck