Science / Business news service point of view regarding the Seventh Framework Program (FP7)

As reported by Cordis news (Oct.10, 2006), Science / Business news service has launched a nine-point innovation manifesto intended to cut to the heart of where Europe is going wrong with its innovation efforts.

It includes recommendations on technology transfer offices, seed investment, fiscal incentives and patents.

In his introduction to the manifesto, Richard Hudson, editor and CEO of Science / Business, questions whether the next 'round of tech subsidies' - the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) - with its bigger budget, will be able to bridge the gap between the laboratory and the market place.

The manifesto states, among other recommendations, that technology transfer offices (TTO's) should be empowered in order to increase their revenue. Today, European TTO's make only 5% of the revenue made by their US counterparts.

This recommendation is in perfect accordance with those I already proposed. See Implementing Innovation Management in an University Technology Transfer Office, 2005.

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Design week 06, Nathalie Dewez exhibition

The Belgian designer Nathalie Dewez participated to the Design week 06 at Vange, rue Américaine, 1060 Brussels (Sept. 8 to 10, 2006)

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La Plic by Nathalie Dewez

La Plic

18 cm x 15 cm x 18 cm
Max 1 x 60 Watts
Bulb : E27 - 220 V

The originality of this wall light lies in its simple use. Its construction is particularly ingenious : the 'Plic' is made of a round bulb with an internal reflector ; it is used as a torch that can be attached to different places with a spring-clip. Thanks to its electric dimmer the nature/technology duality is possible.

Graduated from the section 'Interior architecture' of the National School of Visuals Arts of la Cambre (Brussels), Nathalie Dewez has always worked with the living object, in other words the light.

She uses all the potential of material to make her chandeliers, wall lights and lamps light and ethereal.

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