For his exceptional contributions to the fields of science and humanitarian ideas, Professor Martin Fusek received the Honorary Medal "De scientia et humanitate optime meritis" from the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Eva Zažímalová.
Martin Fusek is one of the founders and pioneers of technology transfer in the Czech Republic. With his broad expertise, he not only contributes to the development of this field but also to the overall scientific research environment. His professional expertise combines a unique blend of work in fundamental research in the Czech Republic and abroad, extensive commercial activities for global foreign companies, experience in founding spin-off companies, intellectual property protection, and the organization of technology transfer in various projects.
"I honestly did not expect something like this at all, and I greatly appreciate it. I have been connected with the Academy of Sciences, specifically with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, since I was 25, and I feel more like I owe everything good that this connection has given me. I do not perceive the medal only as recognition of my work but also as an acknowledgment of the importance of technology transfer, without which we would lose results crucial for improving people's lives," said the honored Martin Fusek.
Prof. Ing. Martin Fusek, CSc. is a graduate of the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague in the field of organic chemistry. In 1988, he earned a CSc. degree in biochemistry at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. From 1989 to 1995, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the USA and Germany. He is the author of more than 50 original scientific publications in impact factor journals and two monographs. Since 1995, he has been an external lecturer at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, where he was awarded the title of professor in the field of biochemistry in 2012. Since 2007, he has been involved in technology transfer issues at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 2009, he has been the Executive Director of IOCB Tech, which manages the technology transfer process for the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, and since 2012, he has been the Deputy Director for Strategic Development at the same institute. He is a member of several supervisory boards of scientific institutions, a member of the presidium of the Czech Chemical Society, and other organizations.
"Martin is kind, empathetic, has a sense of humor, and is always willing to lend a helping hand to his students and colleagues. His ability to build personal relationships with people, regardless of their position or origin, is truly remarkable," adds his longtime colleague, Ladislava Součková.