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Open Innovation 2013

We would like to invite you to Open Innovation 2013, to be held at the Institute of Technology Tralee from 25th to 26th March. The Conference, which will be opened by Minister Sean Sherlock (Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Innovation), will bring together leaders in Industry with the world class research and development scientists operating in Ireland. The Conference will focus on Biotechnology and Life Sciences, with presentations on industry collaborations with academia, and how this has driven innovation and provided added value for companies. Joint presentations from Industry/Academic partners are encouraged.

Open innovation is a concept that assumes that firms can and should use external (as well as internal) ideas and paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology. Historically academia has focused on basic research with long lead-in times to commercialisation, sometimes making it difficult for industry to benefit from academic collaborations. This is changing however as many third level institutions are now providing much more business facing resources and are striving to produce value from state funded research. This shift and increase in commercially focussed research has provided an excellent opportunity for companies to engage in open innovation and utilise the considerable scientific human resources and expertise that are available in Ireland.

Open Innovation 2012 provided impressive case studies from companies who have engaged with the third level sector, leading to greater competitiveness and increased market share. We look forward to this Open Innovation 2013 and the opportunities available for industry and academia to showcase and develop collaborative relationships.