JRC in collaboration with the National Research Council (Cnr) is organising a workshop on Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology which will take place in CNR Nanotec (Lecce, Italy) on 18 and 19 October. This workshop is organised in the framework of the TTO-CIRCLE initiatives.
The aim of this event is to explore how technology transfer activities can be used as a mechanism to help EU industry, particularly Start-ups and SMEs, in deploying and adopting Nano-technology. Practical examples will be presented to illustrate the potential of technology transfer in this area.
The workshop will gather technology providers, industry executives, technology transfer officers, policy makers and financial intermediaries to share experiences and lessons learned. One of the key objectives is to discuss policy implications at all levels that could help accelerating the adoption of Nanotechnology by the European manufacturing industry.
Giuseppe Gigli, Director of NANOTEC - Institute of Nanotechnology, Italian National Research Council (CNR)
Søren Bøwadt, Deputy Head of Unit Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Arnd Hoeveler, Head of Unit Consumer products Safety, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Laura Esposito, Policy officer, Research Infrastructures Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Christian Busch, German NCP for Nanotechnology & Observer in HLG on N&M
Francesco Bonaccorso, Deputy Head of Innovation, Istituto Italiano di tecnologia BeDimensional Srl
Simon Baconnier, Programme Manager on Nanomedicine, CEA-Leti
Bernard Denis, Knowledge Transfer senior advisor, CERN
Alessandro Sannino, Chief Project Scientist, Gelesis
Vivienne Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Cellix
Emeric Frejafon, Chairman, European Committee for Standardization/CEN TC352
Fabio Taucer, Policy Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Alessandro Apa, Senior Fund and Structuring Officer, European Investment Bank
Roberto Volpe, Junior Adviser, Italian Ministry of Economic Development, DG for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and SMEs
Steven Tan, Director, Nascent Ventures
Daniela Sottocornola, CEO, BIOTEC
Jukka Nieminen, President, Beneq Oy
Today, knowledge in all its forms plays a crucial role in economic processes. Nations that develop and manage their knowledge assets effectively perform better, creating more jobs and income [Oslo Manual - Proposed Guidelines for collecting and interpreting technological innovation data, 3rd Edition (OECD/Eurostat, 2005)]. Nanotechnology provides an excellent opportunity for the development of knowledge-based economies having the revolutionary potential to open up new production routes and the capability to support a wide range of disciplines.
"Nanotechnologies, which is science and technology at the nanoscale of atoms and molecules, will help address key societal challenges such as climate change, reducing carbon emission, developing renewable energies, more efficient use of resources and addressing medical needs of an ageing population".
Nanotechnology, triggering an unprecedented revolution, is already influencing many industrial fields ranging from health to electronics with more than 2,000 Nanotechnology consumer products and an estimated global nanomaterials market valued in more than 3 billion $ in 2016 that is steadily increasing since 2010.
The deployment of nanotechnologies is not an automatic, self-evident process. Rather, it is embedded in social relations and has to be backed by political measures. The necessary and usually sufficient condition for the deployment of Nanotechnology is the creation and development of many ecosystems of innovation (EoIs), which are “environments” featuring complex relationships between actors or entities whose goal is to enable technology development and innovation, focused on “nano” topics. In today’s world where the only constant factor is change, there is no exact formula for creating an EoI. Anyway, due to the multi-disciplinarity of nanotechnology its deployment requires an open innovation approach.