07/04/2007

Recommendations for Business Incubators, Networks and Technology Transfer from Nanoscience to Business

A report published by the EU funded Nanoforum initiative makes recommendations on how Europe can improve the transfer of technology from its research results, including in the field of nanotechnology.

This report is the result of the two day workshop "Nano2Business" held at Warsaw University of Technology on 7th and 8th February 2007. The main focus of the discussions was on the best organisation for technology transfer incubators, technology transfer networks, and on identifying the main barriers to technology transfer.

The report highlights the importance of education, and especially university education, which could teach business skills to scientists. It also calls for the people involved in the commercialisation of nanoscience and technology to benefit from special education following their scientific degree so as to develop management skills and understand marketing and financial issues.

"The management team must be able to act as an effective technology translator. Technology translation is a relatively new career option for engineers and scientists of all disciplines. The role of a technology translator is to translate industrial problems and requirements into basic scientific concepts and to source academic expertise from the science and engineering base," reads the report.
"The translator then facilitates collaborative research between industry and academia, and, finally, converts the scientific results into commercially exploitable information," it continues.

Finally, the report recommends improving the organisation of science by supporting new spin-offs or other forms of technology transfer.

Source : Cordis News 2007-05-21

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06/09/2007

The new 10 most exciting fields of research

The Technology Review (March/April 2007 issue) presents the new 10 most exciting -and most likely to alter industries- fields of research.

Here’s the list, without ranking or importance compared with the 2006 list.

2007 2006
Peering into Video's Future
The Internet is about to drown in digital video. Zhang thinks peer-to-peer networks could come to the rescue.
Comparative Interactomics
By creating maps of the body’s complex molecular interactions, Trey Ideker is providing new ways to find drugs.
Nanocharging Solar
Arthur Nozik believes quantum-dot solar power could boost output in cheap photovoltaics.
Nanomedicine
James Baker designs nanoparticles to guide drugs directly into cancer cells, which could lead to far safer treatments.
Neuron Control
Karl Deisseroth's genetically engineered "light switch," which lets scientists turn selected parts of the brain on and off, may help improve treatments for depression and other disorders.
Epigenetics
Alexander Olek has developed tests to detect cancer early by measuring its subtle DNA changes.
Nanohealing
Tiny fibers will save lives by stopping bleeding and aiding recovery from brain injury, says Rutledge Ellis-Behnke.
Cognitive Radio
To avoid future wireless traffic jams, Heather "Haitao" Zheng is finding ways to exploit unused radio spectrum.
Augmented Reality
Markus Kähäri wants to superimpose digital information on the real world.
Nuclear Reprogramming
Hoping to resolve the embryonic-stem-cell debate, Markus Grompe envisions a more ethical way to derive the cells.
Invisible Revolution
Artificially structured metamaterials could transform telecommunications, data storage, and even solar energy, says David R. Smith.
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Kelvin Lim is using a new brain-imaging method to understand schizophrenia.
Digital Imaging, Reimagined
Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly believe compressive sensing could help devices such as cameras and medical scanners capture images more efficiently.
Universal Authentication
Leading the development of a privacy-protecting online ID system, Scott Cantor is hoping for a safer Internet.
Personalized Medical Monitors
John Guttag says using computers to automate some diagnostics could make medicine more personal.
Pervasive Wireless
Can't all our wireless gadgets just get along? It's a question that Dipankar Raychaudhuri is trying to answer.
A New Focus for Light
Kenneth Crozier and Federico Capasso have created light-focusing optical antennas that could lead to DVDs that hold hundreds of movies.
Nanobiomechanics
Can't all our wireless gadgets just get along? It's a question that Dipankar Raychaudhuri is trying to answer.
Single-Cell Analysis
Norman Dovichi believes that detecting minute differences between individual cells could improve medical tests and treatments.
Stretchable Silicon
By teaching silicon new tricks, John Rogers is reinventing the way we use electronics..

 

Technology Review n° 106

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06/02/2007

The European Research Area : New Perspectives [Green paper]

ERA : New perspectives GREEN PAPER

With the Green Paper on the European Research Area (ERA), the European Commission launches a broad institutional and public debate on what should be done to create a unified and attractive European Research Area, which would fulfil the needs and expectations of the scientific community, business and citizens.

The debate is open to everyone with an interest in the realisation of a European knowledge society. In particular, the Commission expects to receive responses from research institutions (including universities), researchers, industry, civil society organisations, national and regional public authorities as well as the general public. The Commission will use the results of the debate to prepare initiatives that will be proposed in 2008.

How to participate in the debate?

The best way to engage in the debate is to express your views in the on-line consultation linked to the Green Paper. We are interested in receiving your views on the overall priorities for ERA, as well as on six main dimensions on which the consultation is focused, namely :

  • Realising a single labour market for researchers ;
  • Developing world-class research infrastructures ;
  • Strengthening research institutions ;
  • Sharing knowledge ;
  • Optimising research programmes and priorities ; and
  • Opening ERA to the world.
We are invited to comment on as many or as few of these dimensions as you wish depending on your areas of expertise and interest.

The online consultation will remain open for 4 months, from the 1st of May 2007 to the 31st of August 2007. You can access the questionnaire here.

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05/06/2007

i-techpartner

i-techpartner's mission is to join excellent European technology leaders with entrepreneurs and investors, and build value creating relationships by making technology development alliances and investments accessible and effective.

Technology transfer in Europe is overall lacking clear processes and focused execution. Support programmes try to overcome these problems by bringing researchers and entrepreneurs together, but this alone has proven to be ineffective. i-techpartner provides a pragmatic answer to Europe's significant innovation challenges. It achieves a high number and high value of investments, partnerships and entrepreneurial commitments between research projects and innovative SMEs throughout Europe, involving investors and corporate partners.

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12/02/2006

LERU argues case for prioritising public procurement

The new LERU report Universities and Innovation : The Challenge for Europe issued on Nov. 20, 2006, argues for increasing of public procurement budgets. But this comprehensive document recommends also several interesting points for universities. Universities should :

• realistically analyse where their own strengths lie and where they might best achieve excellence and economic and social relevance ;

• understand, engage and promote the optimal economic strategy for their region, and understand how their own particular strengths can best be mobilised to support regional and national economic development ;

• ensure that academic and departmental structures and their flexibility enhance and do not impede cross-disciplinary efforts ;

Universities and Innovation : The Challenge for Europe

• ensure that their processes of selecting university leaders and governance mechanisms are well designed to identify and pursue broad institutional goals in their areas of strength whilst encouraging the academic freedom that is the university’s greatest potential strength.

In Brussels-Capital Region, the strategic regional R&D domains where defined by the Ministery of Economy and implemented through the ISRIB.

But what about the other LERU recommendations ?

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LERU (League of European Research Universities) was founded in 2002 as an association of research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching in an environment of internationally competitive research.