Technology transfer

The production eco-system of Tuscany, and in many ways Italian in general, exhibits two dimensional segments, presenting on the one hand large -possibly multinational- companies, with good investment capacity in research (aerospace, energy, pharmaceutical), and on the other hand medium-small companies (often very small), with very active and widespread entrepreneurship, and with a very varied degree of permeability to technological innovation and of the possibility or propensity to invest in research. In this scenario, as well as at European level, it is now generally accepted that Universities are able to achieve real excellence in the generation of knowledge. However, while other countries are able to translate new knowledge to the production system with very high effectiveness, Italy still suffers a delay in this sense. This deficit in terms of achieved impact is frequently due to the separation, in time and/or in space, between knowledge generation and its productive use.

Application-oriented research groups in the Department of Physics ‘E.Fermi’ of the University of Pisainteract with the production system in a different and moreeffective way, developing Technology Transfer as already embedded in the early-process of research design, with a two-way exchange of knowledge and a very close interaction with networks of companies and stakeholders.

Here is the website of the University of Pisa with news and updated information in the field of technology transfer (mostly in Italian): link.

Companies interested in working with us can contact:

Prof. Simone Capaccioli, Outreach Committee-Technology Transfer. E-mail:  

Prof. Dario Pisignano, Director. E-mail:


Spin-off companies are highly important for the enhancement of the know-how developed through research. The procedures for starting spin-off companies with the University of Pisa brand

are explained in a dedicated Regulation. The practice of business design and creation, drafting of business plans, entrepreneurial planning, as well as networking with stakeholders and customers contribute in a fundamental way to the improvement of communication and society-interfacing skills of our researchers. For these reasons, our spin-offs are always enhanced through dedicated agreements. Active spin-off companies are:

  • Megamaterials S.r.l. is an Innovative Startup whose focus is the growth of high-purity fluoride crystals, with application in solid-state lasers, optical cryo-coolers, metrology, energy, and communication.

  • Planckian S.r.l. is a deep tech start up that deals with the fabrication of the first quantum battery and its integration in novel superconducting quantum computing architectures.
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