The Hacettepe University Technology Development Zone (Hacettepe Teknokent) began its activities at the Hacettep

Issue 23 - November 2010

R&D Activities at Hacettepe Teknokent
Within the HTGB complex, fully equipped facilities with modern and advanced technology where R&D and software development activitiescan take place 24 hours a day and a fully equipped conference and meeting rooms with 121 R&D rooms in 6 R&D buildings of 17,665 m2, are available.

At the Information Technology and Communications Board Market Surveillance Laboratory at Hacettepe University, tests on communication devices that meet standards and certification procedures are carried out; and while the Automotive R&D and Design Laboratory within the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the University conducts automotive engineering training activities, the realization of joint projects on supporting R&D of industrialists takes place among the objectives of Hacettepe Teknokent R&G activities. In addition to this, KOSGEB’s Technology Development Center (TEKMER) at HTGB supports the R&D activities of small and medium-scale enterprises (KOBIs).

One hundred companies in the software, information technology, medical, biotechnology, medical technology, nano technology advanced materials, electric and electronics, defence industry, design, automotive, machinery, chemical, food, environment and metallurgy continue their activities at HTGB.

The sectoral distribution of firms is as follows:
IT and Information Software 47 %
Electric, Electronic and Telecommunications 11 %
Life Sciences and Technologies 28 %
Defence industry, Nanotechnology, Advance Materials and Design 8 %
Telecommunications 3 %
Chemical, Metallurgy and Others 3 %

The HTGB continues to expand rapidly each day. Since 2007, this growth has accelerated and at the present time companies that are active, have commenced their operations within the Hacettepe Teknokent family with 70 percent of their own equity capital.

Hacettepe Teknokent at present has 704 R&D and software personnel, of which 569 are in R&D with 112 faculty staff and personnel from the University that provide consultant services to these companies and where 192 software development and R&D activities are continuing. Aside from this, 87 R&D and software projects have been concluded and have contributed to the economy as a product or production method.

Along with Hacettepe Teknokent, thatprovides an important boost to the development of university-industry cooperation, the University hospital by supporting R&D in the area of health care with its advanced infrastructure, aims to bring together the scientific and technological knowledge of its staff with companies and entrepreneurs that are active in the health sector.Aside from companies in the pharmaceutical, medical technology, medical and biotechnology areas that not only prefer Hacettepe Teknokent, these companies are also aiming for it to become the leading “technocity” in its field.

Among the firms present at the HTGB, the projects being carried out in such important fields as medical technology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, biomedical, defence industry, nano technology, advanced materials technology, electric-electronics, telecommunications, information and chemicals are considered as providing significant contributions to the national economy.
By bringing these project to life, in addition to preventing foreign exchange losses, it is expected that export figures will be around 100 million USD plus in the next five years and between 500 million to one billion in the next 10 years.


1. Among the important projects carried out by Öztek Tekstil Terbiye Tesisleri San. Tic. A.?. at HTGB is the making of camouflage net fabrics which satellite or airborne vehicles cannot detect. Tests are continuing on the camouflage fabric where it cannot be observed by near or distant infrared rays, thermal cameras or radar. The camouflage net in technical terms changes the signature’s shape. For example, a tank is observed as a tree. While an aircraft passes its radar wavelength cannot determine a tank. This net, used in the armies of industrialized countries such as the United States, Germany and France, was gained for Turkey by Öztek Tekstil Terbiye Tesisleri San. Tic. A.?. The company has also manufactured a pure silver spun camouflage clothing fabric that cannot be detected by infrared rays and thermal cameras. Aside from this fabric known as Texterm that protects from radiation emitting devices like cell phones, a fabric that delays burning which is important for pilots and firefighters and a cloth fabric against chemical, biological and radioactive fallout has also been produced.
2. The IDC Savunma Sanayi Nakliye Tic. A.?. conducts biosensor research under the Water Security Monitor (SGM) project for the defence industry at the Hacettepe Teknokent 2nd R&D Building.

3. The ?nfodif Yaz?l?m ve Bili?im Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Tic. Ltd. ?ti.located at the HTGB is conducting important projects in the medical and defence industry technology fields such as image processing platforms; the medical image relay station; the library automation system; the RADIPACS (PACS server); CALLISTO (dicomviewer); RADIRIS (radiology information systems) and RADIBOT (CD/DVD robot).

4.The Nanovak Ar-Ge Bili?im Mühendislik Dan??manl?kSan. Tic. Ltd. ?ti. located at the HTGB, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Zafer Durusoy of the Department of Physics Engineering at Hacettepe University, conducts R&D activities and has undertaken many important work in the development of technological products. These technological products as a result of R&D undertaken by Nanovak are used by many organizations and corporations such as the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Hacettepe University, Ankara University, Bilkent University, Bosphorus University and Vestel. Aside from the test and the experimental sets used in space research, by bringing these projects to life it has successfully carried out, Nanovak, in addition to creating new business emplyment, not only curtails the overseas flow of foreign exchange but also provides an important value added to the national economy.

5. The Treysan Prefabrik Çelik Yap?lar San. ve Tic. A.?.again located at HTGB, has accelerated its work on self-sufficient, multi-purpose, prototype production of life units. With this project, which, in particular, is to be used in disaster areas or in rural locations, modular life units produce their own energy which can meet the basic needs of heating or cooling. Work on this project continues at the company.

6. Mesan Elektronik San. ve Tic. A.?. with the project entitled, “Emergency Portable Communication System and Integrated Software,” a single device that through a satellite will enable wired, radio and internet communications that cannot take place due to electricity cuts as a result of natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and flooding. Turkey thus becomes the third country in the world to develop this device.