Governments obviously provide support to the riskier R&D phase of a company’s product development cycle, putting their trust in the private sector to provide further investment. One of the biggest challenges facing early-stage companies and even more mature enterprises, however, is how to best get their products and services to the market. At the same… » read more
A new report by the OECD makes sobering reading as it makes the point that continued expansion of spending in developed countries is unsustainable. Reading the reported highlights, a couple of statements jumped out at me. “Healthcare costs are escalating rapidly, driven by population aging, rising relative prices and costly developments in medical technology. Public… » read more
Paul-Joël Derian, group vice-president for research and development at Rhodia, is now the Chairman of the largest network for sustainable chemistry in Europe: SusChem. Derian, who succeeds Royal Society of Chemistry’s Rodney Townsend, has been a member of the SusChem board for several years and co-chaired the platform’s Materials Work Group. His appointment clearly marks… » read more
Proponents of greater regulatory harmonisation and cooperation will have been heartened by FDA chief Peggy Hamburg’s comments at the Advamed 2010 conference on Wednesday 20 October. She was quick to acknowledge that, in a changing world with vastly increased trade, the FDA could not continue to operate on an old-fashioned model designed for a time… » read more
In my first post about last weeks EUREKA financing innovation lunch in the European Parliament, I made the point that things seemed to be confused. But that wasn’t the whole story. On my table I was fortunate to sit next to an Israeli gentleman. Lets call him Harry, since it is his name. I made… » read more
I had a rather unique experience a few days ago. I was invited to attend and speak at the Informal Competitiveness Council convened by Belgian economy minister Vincent Van Quickenborne. For those of you who don’t know Minister Van Quickenborne, he is not your usual politician. Technology-savvy, innovative and risk-taking, he truly stands out from… » read more
The chemical industry is determined to lead the future of innovation with other sectors through the innovation partnerships announced today by the European Commission on active and healthy ageing, smart cities and mobility, water efficiency and non-energy raw materials. The chemical industry welcomes the healthy ageing innovation partnership, as it plays a major product role… » read more
Join the EU Commission Open Day on Nanotechnologies, 27 October 2010 “The development of nanotechnologies in and from Europe for more societal benefits” is the topic of an open workshop organized by the EU Commission High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies. In July 2010 three Commissioners – Vice President Tajani, Commissioner for Digital Agenda… » read more
For the second time, Cefic will be an active partner of the European Innovation Summit Cefic is a main partner of the second European Innovation Summit “Tackling the grand challenges – policy meets practice” which will take place on 11-15 October at the EU Parliament. The chemical sector will be present throughout the event, with… » read more
Clusters Concerning clusters our Transport Working Group held a practitioner event on 15 June to facilitate regional project consortia for the next Regions of Knowledge Call. ROK is one of the programmes that is very important for us as it is very strategic. It supports triple-helix interaction at regional level, helps setting regional agendas to… » read more
Sir, Regarding ‘European businesses crippled by late payments‘: Your article explains how late payment failures are substantially hurting SMEs, with the risk far more prevalent in South and East European Countries. As CEO of Solid Quality Mentors, a Spanish innovative small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), I welcome any measure which helps us reduce red tape… » read more
Some entrepreneurs say their drive comes from within while others point to role models who helped them think for themselves I’m just back from a round-table discussion on whether you can teach entrepreneurship. The room was packed with people who have started their own businesses but there was no real consensus on how to help… » read more
This comes very late and I apologize for it, but after some busy weeks managing the growing community of ERRIN regions (we are now 82 regions and if you are not part of it yet, start thinking what we can offer in terms of knowledge and know-how, peer-to-peer contact and EU project involvement!), I have… » read more
Probably the most advanced center in Central Europe’s automotive hub, the Audi motor factory gave ground to the 5th annual race of zero emission electric, hydrogen- and fuel cell driven cars, go-karts and motorbikes.The rules follow the original rules of the Grand Prix of the infant automotive industry a hundred years ago. The aim is… » read more
After years of sporadic online discussions, the formal founding forum of Bulgaria’s Pirate Party was held in Sofia on April 11 2009. Delegates from 20 Bulgarian towns adopted the articles of constitution and the party’s political programme, the party said in a statement on its website. Like other similar parties world-wide, the Bulgarian Pirate Party… » read more
We spoke to Dr Roland Strauss at the 2009 European Business Summit. Dr Strauss was representing Knowledge4Innovation and discusses the aims of the organisation.
On Thursday 27th March, Christian Weinberger spoke to EurActiv.com Publisher, Christophe Leclercq at EBS 2009. Mr Weinberger had just taken part in Workshop X at EBS 2009 – titled “SMEs: red tape or red carpet?“. Mr Weinberger works for the Enterprise and Industry Directorate General of the European Commission in Brussels as an Entrepreneurship and… » read more
On Friday 27th March, Bart Diels – Investment Director at GIMV – spoke at EBS 2009 about Clean Technology investment and how the Venture Capital process is not suited to an area that needs to be developed quite so quickly.
On Friday 27th March, Prof Dr Maria Joao Rodrigues took part in Workshop XV about skills and innovation at EBS 2009. She was interviewed by Christophe Leclercq, Publisher of EurActiv.com. If you would like to make your views known, please leave a comment below.
On Friday 27th March, Luuk Borg Director of EUREKA, spoke to Blogactiv about funding for SMEs in Europe. As a participant in Workshop X at EBS 2009 – which was Moderated by Christophe Leclerq, Publisher of EurActiv.com – Mr Borg discussed the role of Venture Capital and funding for small, entrepreneurial companies and start-ups. To… » read more