Technology Transfer Centre NIMH CZ

was established in 2017 in the newly built National Institute of Mental Health. Its main objective is to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and R&D results arising in NIMH CZ to the application sphere. This is done, for example, by ensuring appropriate protection of intellectual property, choosing a suitable business strategy – selling patent licenses or establishing a spin-off company. Technology Transfer Centre NIMH CZ in this area, it provides researchers with expert legal and commercialization assistance, e.g. finding a suitable investor or business partner interested in a technology license, negotiating license terms, etc.

Technology Transfer Centre NIMH CZ also actively takes care of the protection of new knowledge and solutions through the formal protection of research and development results. Typically, this is done in the form of patents, utility models or secret know-how. In this area, it provides both administrative and legal support and also performs patent searches.

The Technology Transfer Centre is also a contact point for companies looking for a research partner and want to carry out contract research. It then helps researchers to draw up and negotiate appropriate terms and conditions for contract research with commercial partners. Due to the extensive network of contacts, the Technology Transfer Center can NIMH CZ also to help researchers mediate cooperation with specific companies for which the given area of research is of interest.

Technology Transfer Centre NIMH CZ is also concerned with securing funding for collaborative research.

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Acceleration of knowledge transfer and I&I results to the application sphere




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Focus of research programmes NIMH CZ

Technology Transfer Centre NIMH CZ its professional focus follows the Research Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health, whose staff it provides its professional services.

VP1 Experimental Neurobiology

Research on the neurobiology of aging, addiction and serious mental disorders

Overview of working groups

  • Preparation of new drugs
  • Biomarkers and animated models of Alzheimer's dementia
  • Experimental Neurobiology
  • Animated models of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders
  • Neurobiology of Psychedelics, Drugs and Addictions
  • Neurochemical Analysis and Sensing
  • Neurobiology of Sleep, Memory and Cognition

VP2 Social Psychiatry

Strategic Planning in Mental Health and Epidemiology of Mental Disorders (SPIMPE)

Overview of working groups

  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Research on mental health care services
  • Prevention and research of stigmatization
  • Suicide prevention and research
  • Research on mental health in children and adolescents

VP3 Applied Neuroscience and Brain Imaging

National Electronic System of Mental Health and Brain Condition Monitoring

Overview of working groups

  • New Technologies in Psychiatry
  • Neuronal correlates of mental disorders
  • Brain modeling
  • Developmental and social perception
  • Emotions and phobias provoked by animals
  • Biomedical data analysis
  • Evolutionary Sexology and Psychopathology
  • Neurophysiology of Cognitive Functions
  • Image, mind and brain
  • Stimulation methods
  • Neurocognics
  • Cognitive and Social Neurosciences
  • Magnetic resonance imaging operation
  • Advanced Magnetic Resonance Techniques
  • Virtual Reality in Neuroscience
  • Program for mood disorders

VP4 Epidemiological and Clinical Research on Addictions

Center for Epidemiological and Clinical Research of Addictions (EPCLIRA)

Overview of working groups

  • Epidemiological research
  • Research on psychiatric comorbidity
  • Addiction Treatment Research
  • Psychometric studies

VP5 Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology

Sleep disorders and circadian rhythms in neuropsychiatric diseases (SDACRIND)

Overview of working groups

  • Sleep and wakefulness disorders
  • Quantitative electrophysiology of sleep and wakefulness
  • Circadian Physiology and Chronotherapy

VP6 Electrophysiology of the Brain

Applied Electrophysiology of the Brain (ABEP)

Overview of working groups

  • Translational neurophysiology
  • Electrophysiological therapeutic predictors
  • Digital processing of biosignals
  • Analysis of distributed brain electromagnetic sources

VP7 Clinical Research on Mental Disorders

Clinical Center NIMH CZ (CLINIC)

Overview of working groups

  • Anxiety disorders: neurobiology, diagnosis, therapy and care
  • Psychotic disorders: neurobiology, diagnostics, therapy and care
  • Cognitive disorders: neurobiology, diagnostics, therapy and care
  • Development of psychological methods for research and clinical practice
  • Affective disorders: neurobiology, diagnostics, therapy and care

VP8 Translational Neuroscience

Overview of working groups

  • Experimental Psychopharmacology
  • Instrumental analysis of biologically active substances
  • Centre for Technology Transfer and Applied Research

Our projects

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Operational Programme Science, Research, Education

Technology Transfer Centre NIMH CZ

(CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16 014/0000656)
Solver: RNDr. Karel Valeš, Ph.D., Ing. Šimon Skovajsa
Duration: 2016-2020

Pharma Brain

Solver: RNDr. Karel Valeš, Ph.D., Ing. Šimon Skovajsa
Duration: 2018-2022

Ministry of Industry and Trade
Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness

Identification of drugs, pharmaceuticals and other substances in the aquatic ecosystem – DrugsLab

Solver: RNDr. Karel Valeš, Ph.D.
Main beneficiary: E&H services a.s.
Duration: 2018-2020

Development of DNA-biochips for rational prescription of psychopharmaceuticals

Solver: RNDr. Karel Valeš, Ph.D.
Main beneficiary: ESSENCE LINE, s.r.o.
Duration: 2018-2020

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Application of research methods in the creation of a system of services for users of psychedelic substances

Solver: Mgr. Rita Kočárová
Duration: 2019-2021


Solver: Ing. Šimon Skovajsa, RNDr. Karel Valeš

Our team


R&D, licensing and commercialization


Strategy, financing and commercialisation


Clinical studies and contract research

Our partners

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