Bringing together the academic sphere and the economy at the second Researchers Day of Novartis in Slovenia

10. 11. 2020

As part of the UNI.MINDS online festival, the second Researchers Day of Novartis in Slovenia took place, at which Novartis associates in Slovenia presented numerous experiences of cooperation with the academic sphere. The purpose of the online festival, which is supported by Novartis in Slovenia as the main partner, is to promote development of cooperation and partnerships between companies and academic researchers. The festival, organized by the Knowledge Transfer Office of the University of Ljubljana and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Maribor, runs until November 24.

For decades, Novartis in Slovenia has been strengthening cooperation and networking with academic and research institutions in various ways, including by supporting and participating in such events. The UNI.MINDS festival brings together the academic sphere and the economy with the aim of building an innovation community, creating long-term partnerships and exchanging knowledge and good practices.

The festival also included the second Researchers Day of Novartis in Slovenia, where the experiences and results of joint projects between academia and business were presented by representatives of Novartis in Slovenia and the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and the Faculty of Pharmacy, University in Ljubljana and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor.

"We are one of the companies in Slovenia that invests the most in research and development, and at the same time we are also among the most important employers of highly qualified employees in Slovenia. In this respect, too, cooperation with the academic sphere is always welcome. It is important that academic institutions know the current challenges in pharmacy and the entire economy, and at the same time we always turn to them in search of new knowledge," said prof. Uroš Urleb, PhD, Head Global Technical Development Biosimilars at Novartis and Member of the Management Board of Lek for R&D.

"Close cooperation between the business and academic sphere enables progress, the design of innovative solutions and the development of talent, which is why we at Novartis attach great importance to this. Academic institutions and companies are natural partners in the search for breakthrough solutions for the wider good, so we encourage both cooperation and mentoring of young talents, who may one day be our colleagues," said Darja Ferčej Temeljotov, PhD, Head of Strategic Programs at Novartis in Slovenia.