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Many barriers when commercializing scientific research results
The Center for Scientific and Technological Application (SIHUB - Department of Science and Technology of Ho Chi Minh City) has just held a workshop on "Commercialization of scientific research results, lessons from other countries, the current situation and proposal of modeling commercialization of scientific research results."

With the participation of many domestic and international experts, the workshop shared lessons learned and models of commercialization of scientific research results of Korea, Germany, Australia and etc. The workshop also provided a complete overview of the current status of commercialization of scientific research results in Vietnam; policies, gaps and barriers make it difficult to bring research results from the lab to the market. At the same time, the workshop also introduced and proposed a number of models tosuitable commercialize research results to the size of universities and research institutes in Vietnam.

Currently, in universities, teaching is still a top task. In the recent years, the Government's policy of applying autonomy to schools has pushed these higher education institutions closer to the market mechanism. Schools must pay attention to creating good products and services for the market from available resources. However, there are still many barriers on policies, awareness, habits and knowledge related to intellectual property protection.

At the university level, technology stops at the laboratory, so the risk is high when deploying applications or universities still neglect the research of topics and solutions that are valuable for the socio-economic development. Particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, at present, the invention is commercialized relatively positive but only focused on a number of schools, such as Polytechnic University (National University of Ho Chi Minh City), Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry, and Ho Chi Minh City Industrial University. However, the spread of commercialization has not achieved the desired results.

According to MSc. Nguyen Minh Huyen Trang, deputy director in charge of the Center for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Ho Chi Minh City National University, the products of Vietnamese enterprises do not meet the quality and are not rich in design resulting in low competitiveness. If the research results are determined, three factors must be ensured: novelty, creativity and practical applicability, shown in the number of intellectual property applications in general and the number of applications of patent in particular as at present will not reflect the potential of schools and institutes.

On the side of enterprises, they have not actively invested in research to create breakthrough products, innovations and have not been really "open" to the University when proposing orders for researching, supporting and improving progress in production and business activities of the unit. 90% of Vietnamese enterprises are small and medium-sized enterprises with simple production processes, limited financial resources, so it is difficult to link and capacity to innovate technology.

Mr. Huynh Kim Tuoc - SIHUB executive director, suggested that universities should position the role of research revenues in operating objectives, building a creative culture and business of science and technology in the university. Training programs on creativity, startup, innovation and business should be included in the school's training levels; design suitable models for transferring and commercializing research results; training and improving management capacity and skills in commercializing research results and research properties; strengthen international cooperation.

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