About us

The IOCB Tech Foundation was established in 2022 by IOCB Tech to support the long-term development of research, transfer of new knowledge into practice and popularization of science.

The foundation finances a wide range of projects. It focuses on supporting students and scientists as well as on attracting foreign researchers to Czech science. We also support student internships and exchange of experience or inspirational projects aimed at popularization of science and its contribution to society.

Direct support for specific projects and scientists is extremely important, as is the effort to ensure that their findings ultimately benefit society. It is my sincere hope that the foundation will contribute to the emergence of a number of exciting discoveries, ideas and projects that highlight the importance of science and its results in our lives. – Dr. Barbara Eignerová, chairwoman of IOCB Tech Foundation managing board

Our team

Director

Managing board

  • RNDr. Mgr. Barbara Eignerová, Ph.D. – Chairwoman

  • prof. Ing. Radek Cibulka, Ph.D.

  • Mgr. Zuzana Kečkéšová, Ph.D.

Supervisory board

  • Ing. Iva Pichová, CSc. – Chairwoman

  • prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA

  • RNDr. Martin Dračínský, Ph.D.

Founder

IOCB Tech is a subsidiary of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences / IOCB Prague, to which it provides services related to technology transfer.

The main tasks of IOCB Tech include identification of commercially interesting projects at IOCB Prague, analysis of their patentability and market potential, IP protection, project management, as well as search for commercial partners, and negotiation of licensing conditions or establishment of spin-offs.

The company systematically returns to science a part of its profits from negotiated licensing agreements – by 2022, it has donated over CZK 50 million (more than EUR 2 million).

Our company has helped to put into practice a number of important discoveries and it goes without saying that we return part of the profits to science. We concentrate on projects that have great potential for the whole society and need money immediately, or are very difficult to find funding for. The new foundation will allow us to develop this support in a long-term and systematic way. – Prof. Martin Fusek, managing director of IOCB Tech