Effective methodology for a Research to Market process
Topic of the practice
Research to Market approach for scientific domains relating to nanotechnology
Good Practice Information
The practice concerns the methodology consisting to analyze the different dimensions of a fundamental research to then detect whether it can find industrial market opportunities. All the partners of the project were involved into this action. Four working groups were constituted with different topics : Defence, Health (with 2 sub-thematics) and Photovoltaïcs. The results presented in these working groups show that health and nanotechnology represent a strong thematic with quite good industrial opportunities. As mentionned before, Institut Jena Lamour is a newly born scientific structure specialized in materials technology. The different results of the working groups let envisage that health topic has to be more developed than it actualy is.
Even if we can not say that the N4M project had a great influence over the scientific restucturation of the Institute, we can nevertheless admit that it bring elements to validate the Institute's new structure with the creation of a new department dedicated to a specific research axis : Health / biomaterials & Nanotechnology from 2013.
Evidence of success
We can consider the filter of the Research to Market methodology as good because it permits to have a quite thin view of what kind of problems can appear relating to a fundamental research. Moreover, the methodology shows that a very tight link must be created between internal and external experts to identify scientific and industrial locks to a market opportunity. The methodology also offers a framework and a tool very useful for innovation and technological transfer officer who will be in charge of these matters in the CC-VIT. Obviously, the methodology demands an individual adaptation to fit with the users's objectives. But it can as well become an european reference to feed specific database with well identified criterias to then develop intra-european collaborations between europen RTC & industries. Results should be available from 2015 within the implementation of CC-VIT at IJL.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Institut Jean Lamour