Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) was established in 1993 by the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), one of the largest Research Organizations in the country.
The Park has a total 4000 sq.m. of floor space with more than 100 offices and 12 labs, accommodating small technological and service companies in two buildings, at a privileged physical location, nearby Heraklion. The presence of FORTH and its laboratories, as well as, the University Hospital and the new University of Crete campus, is an advantage since there is a high concentration of scientists and research laboratories in the area which are able to provide technological support to start-up companies.
STEP-C is a member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP).
The Park is managed by the Management Company of STEP-C (EDAP S.A.)
Studies in Chemistry (University of Athens) and post graduate studies in Vinology & Biotechnology, Business Administration and MBA (Univ. of Brussels).
Director of the Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C).
Managing Director, of the "Managing Company of STEP-C" S.A. since 2005.
Director (1996-1999), Marketing Director (1999-2000) and Quality Assurance Manager (1999-today) of MINOTECH Biotechnology.
Project Manager of the projects: Development of a "Centre of Technology Transfer" at STEP-C (1997-2001) and "Establishing Incubator Facilities" at STEP-C (1997-2000).
Project Manager of RITTS Crete Project (1997-2000), consultant to other RIS/RITTS Projects Consultant, Business Incubators and Technology Parks projects in Greece & Europe.
Partners of the projects: "Crete Innovative Actions" Programme (CRINNO, 2003-2005), & Crete "Regional Innovation Pole" (2007-2008) with Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer related pilot actions.
Participation in a number of EU funded projects, related with the promotion of Entrepreneurship, Regional Innovation, IPR Management and Technology Transfer.
Member of the EURAXESS Network.
National Contact Point for FP7 (Programme PEOPLE).
4 years of working experience in Industry (Brewing & Wine Industry).
Lead auditor, ISO 9000.
Over 20 years of experience in Technology Transfer and exploitation, Intellectual Property Management, Entrepreneurship, Regional Development and Innovation.
George Papamichail is an Innovation & Technology Transfer Advisor at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) / Science & Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) since 2004.
He has been involved in a number of different national and EU funded RDT projects related to Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Exploitation of Research Outcomes, Technology Transfer (TT) & Intellectual Property management (IP), Business Incubators, as well as with mobility of Greek and foreign researches issues.
He is a partner of the Hellenic National Contact Point (NCP) for the "PEOPLE" FP7 specific Programme, (Marie Curie Actions) and responsible for the “PEOPLE” FP7 One-Stop Shop information center for S. Greece.
He is also member of the Greek and European EURAXESS Networks (Mobility of researchers), and responsible for the Information Office of FORTH for the region of Crete.
He has worked for the Department of Science & Technology at the University of Sussex as a Technology Consultant in a techno-managerial project (work placement).
Studies in Business Administration and Technology & Innovation Management from the Universities of Hertfordshire, Glasgow and Sussex (Science Policy Research Unit - SPRU).
Nora holds a degree in History and Archaeology from the University of Crete and an MA in International and European Studies with a specialization in European Management and Politics (Jean Monnet Programme) from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens.
From 1998 - 2000 she worked as a secretary at the political office of a Member of the Greek Parliament. From March 2004 - until October 2005 she worked as a scientific advisor of a Member of the Greek Parliament. Also, she has worked for ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) as an assistant to the Human Resources and Budget Liaison Officer, from October 2005 - February 2006. Presently she works for the Science and Technology Park of Crete as an administrative staff.
She speaks and writes Greek, English and Italian fluently.