Bridging the innovation gap biggest challenge in tapping the potential of high technologies
Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) - photonics, micro- and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems - play a vital role in modernising our industrial base and making the EU more competitive. The High Level Expert Group on Key Enabling Technologies presents its mid-term working document on a more effective deployment of KETs in EU industries at its second meeting in Brussels today.
The meeting was chaired by Vice-President Tajani and attended by Vice-President Kroes and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn. Going from early development to commercialisation is highlighted as the main challenge. While Europe's strengths lie in strong state-of-the-art research and demand, its weakest point is the transition from technology to large scale demonstrations and production. To bridge this "innovation gap" the High Level Expert Group is preparing a series of recommendations to be presented in July 2011. The Group was launched on 13 July 2010 with the task of elaborating a coherent European strategy on KETs, and bring them most effectively to industrial deployment.