One invention - eight license agreements – University of Copenhagen

One invention – eight license agreements

The fruits of an invention that generated its first licensing agreement in 2009 are still being harvested. The invention has brought in eight licenses so far, and in 2013, yet another was negotiated.

The example shows how a single invention can be licensed to several companies around the world over a period of several years. The invention is a new method of testing whether cattle are carriers of a lethal genetic defect called Brachyspina.

Testing calve genes

Brachyspina was first described by Professor Jørgen Agerholm from the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

For years, he has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with the cattle breeders' association Viking Genetics, which sent him calves born with incurable defects to examine.

Along with colleagues Professor Merete Fredholm and Professor Michel Georges from the University of Liège and Viking Genetics he identified the sequences in the genome that cause Brachyspina and developed a method of testing for the disease.

EU - USA - Japan

The invention was first licensed to the Danish company GenoSkan A/S in 2009 – an investment that gave the start-up company a boost and was instrumental in its subsequent expansion.

The fruits are still being harvested of the invention, which has been licensed to companies in the EU, US and Japan.