Bridges in Life Sciences

Bridges in Life Sciences is an international, multidisciplinary network linking scientists, funders and grantmakers in the exploration of innovation and technology transfer for public benefit.



To build networks between researchers at Cedars-Sinai and those in Central and Eastern Europe, a number of events have been scheduled through the Bridges in Life Sciences research networking organization.

Bridges in Life Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 8-10, 2003

Since 1998, Cedars-Sinai has had an educational program for innovation management and intellectual property protection. This program first focused on building strong institutional relationships with four medical universities in Hungary. Events and activities included:

  • Meetings in Los Angeles for research faculty members from Cedars-Sinai and the Hungarian universities to meet
  • Site visits to each medical university in Hungary to provide basic training and educational materials on Cedars-Sinai's technology transfer program
  • A major meeting in Budapest co-hosted by Cedars-Sinai and the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The meeting was called "Bridges in Life Sciences." Participants from more than 10 Central European countries attended seminars on grantsmanship by the NIH, innovation management by Cedars-Sinai as well as a series of focused meetings on various scientific topics.

After the Bridges in Life Sciences meeting, Cedars-Sinai was approached by researchers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania and the Slovak Republic about offering similar training in innovation management to academic institutions in their countries.

Training programs for the medical and life sciences faculties in those countries are now planned. The core of the program is a formal Technology Transfer Workshop. After attending the workshop, participants are empowered with the resources necessary to implement a technology transfer program at their institution. This enables them to identify, capture and protect discoveries their faculty make so that the technology can be licensed out and produce royalty revenue.

Other events:

Bridges in Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, May 12-14, 2004

Bridges in Life Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, May 10-11, 2004

Oct. 6, 2004, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw, Poland, Research Networking Meeting on NIH/FIC Collaborative Research, Funding Opportunities and Technology Transfer Workshop

Oct. 8-9, 2004, Debrecen, Hungary, Research Networking Meeting on Invasive Cardiac Procedures and Corneal Diseases

Oct. 11-12, 2004, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, Research Networking Meeting on NIH and Fogarty International Center Collaborative Research and Funding Opportunities, Technology Transfer Workshop

Oct. 14-16, 2004, Bucharest, Romania, Research Networking Meeting on HIV/AIDS and Related Conditions