It may all have started with vitamin C, but scientists at the University of Szeged have since come a long way and can take pride in a large number of discoveries and innovations.
Albert Szent-Györgyi received the Nobel Prize in 1937 for his discoveries in connection with the biological combustion process with special reference to vitamin C and the catalysis of fumaric acid. He also recognized that Szeged paprika contained much more of the substance hexuronic acid (i.e. vitamin C) than citrus fruits: whereas merely one gram had previously been isolated, he succeeded in producing a whole kilogram. The University of Szeged endeavours to make good use of this scientific heritage by continuing the constant quest for the new, laying great stress on innovation and providing maximum support to its researchers. This is well illustrated by the existence of Directorate for Innovation at the University. The Directorate supports the development, management and utilization of the intellectualproperty portfolio of the University, and the creation and management of partnerships of the University with strategic industrial partners, spin-off companies and other groups. It is a key task of the Directorate to offer the research capacity of the University of Szeged to its industrial partners, to encourage and promote research collaboration and develop projects, and to support the industrial utilization of the results of research projects.
Thanks to the work done during the past few years, the University has established research and development collaboration with such internationally predominant foreign and national companies as Richter Gedeon, Egis, TEVA, Ericsson, GE Healthcare, Nokia, the Hungarian Oil and Gas Company (MOL), Hungarian Telekom and Solvo Biotechnology.
Meeting the research and development needs of industrial partners has resulted in a revenue of 4.17 billion HUF over the past 5 years. The patent portfolio of the University contains 104 items of intellectual property, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, P2P communication, gel formulations suitable for cleaning pipes and pipe networks, laser tattoo removal, antitumour bacterial products, and a high-resolution optical microscope operating on the principle of image reconstruction, to mention just a few. To achieve these results, the University has carried out a series of investments to promote the professional activities of our researchers. Talented students are also encouraged: the Centre for Economic and Business Development at the University pays special attention to its talented students, helping them to achieve their business ideas.
With the aimof enhancing entrepreneurial activity and success, the Centre offers a range of enterprise development services in the fields of business development and finance for both existing and potential businesses. It helps those interested to become entrepreneurs, to improve their entrepreneurial skills, and to establish start-up and spin-off organizations, encouraging the success of creative ideas. We are very proud that our students were among the developers of the Microsoft Prize winning mobile application called TEP, which encourages users to play sports in a playful manner. Another success story is that of students who mostly graduated from the University of Szeged: the company Antavo Ltd., founded in London, has developed software which facilitates the management of excellent promotional campaigns without previous experience.