In all, there are seven transfer institutions in Dresden. Each is designed to suit the needs of different target groups and topics.
GWT mbH Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at TU Dresden
GWT is a service provider for the transfer of knowledge and technology for Dresden University of Technology and the University Hospital. The association has been on the market for over twelve years and, with an annual turnover of 18 million euros, is one of Germany's larger technology transfer associations.
Centre for Applied Research and Technology (ZAFT e.V.)
The Centre for Applied Research and Technology (ZAFT e.V.) is run by Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW). It carries out research and development, supports technology transfer, organizes cooperative ventures with partners in industry and research in Germany and abroad, and supports training and continuing education and the publication of scientific findings.
'Dresden exists' supports scientific start-ups. Its range of information and advice is available to members of Dresden University of Technology, Dresden University of Applied Sciences and non-university research facilities. Every year it supports between 50 and 70 start-up ideas which go on to produce some 20 companies.
Patent Information Center (PIZ)
The Patent Information Center (PIZ) is a point of contact for any questions regarding patent information or patent research. Its wide range of services are mainly aimed at helping researchers and small- and medium-sized companies work with protective rights (patents, trademarks, utility patents and design patents).
Steinbeis Transfer Centers
The Steinbeis transfer centers for 'Production Technology and Waste Handling' and 'Marketing Consulting, Market Research, Knowledge Transfer' offer knowledge and technology transfer in Dresden for sole traders and medium-sized and large companies in their particular areas of focus.
CIMTT Centre for Production Engineering and Organisation
The CIMTT Centre for Production Engineering and Organisation is the competence center for technology transfer at the University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The center sees itself as a partner for transfer of technology and knowhow in the region.
Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.