Projects relating to technology transfer, or TOT (Transfer of Technology), involve the transfer of knowledge and information. Examples are the transfer of a recently developed production process from the R&D organisation to the production organisation, the outsourcing of analyses to a contract laboratory and the transfer of the production of medicines to another production site. The transfer of knowledge and information can be necessary if an organisation needs extra production capacity, if there are cost considerations, compliance issues or in the case of an entire relocation of a production site to another country, for example.
How can Progress help you with this?
Progress has performed technology transfer projects of various sizes and can help your organisation define the knowledge and information that need to be transferred and help implement the transfer. We prepare the technology transfer at both the receiving and the transmitting location. The project team for a technology transfer should therefore preferably include representatives from both locations right from the start. Together they make clear and explicit agreements about the scope of the transfer, the required documentation, the milestones and the final results. It must also be clear what requirements the receiving location must fulfil and any problems that still need to be resolved.
Complete documentation transfer
For a successful technology transfer, good and complete documentation transfer is essential. Progress ensures the availability of approved master production specifications and records, and packaging, cleaning and logistic records. Together with the client, we determine the validation requirements at the receiving location. These are based on risk analyses and depend on the scope of the technology transfer. Validation can prove the consistency and robustness of the transferred activities, for example. It is important to constantly consider what influence a location change can have on a validated process or analysis method and to bring the validations in line with this.
The following aspects are important for a successful transfer:
- stability survey
- transport and storage conditions
- changes in suppliers
- influence of technology transfer on stock management
- changes in registration
- personnel training
- relocation of equipment
- completion of activities at the sending location
Progress has frequently proved itself to be a reliable, conscientious and expert partner in technology transfer.