Cooperation of scientific centres and companies on implementation of research results

- Dariusz Trzmielak, Ph.D.

Products introduced to the market by companies in the 21st century can be called the „R&D generation”. Research, development of technology and products are an element of competitive edge and building the competences of companies. Stronger interest in R&D products supports strategies focused on relation marketing. However, introducing R&D technologies and products by a company requires high spending on research and scientific infrastructure and building specialist competences in a particular area of science and research. One of the options for companies may be to start cooperation with research and scientific organizations in order to jointly conduct research works or use ready results of research in practice. At the same time scientific and research organizations are not isolated entities and the results of research works should find application in the industry or the didactic process of scientific centres. In other case, it is hard to find justification for financing the above-mentioned projects. The article titled „Cooperation of scientific centres and companies on implementation of research results” covers three theoretical issues and a case study showing a scheme of cooperation of a university and a company from the SME sector. In the first part a theoretical outline of cooperation of research and scientific centres with companies is presented. Cooperation of science and industry is explained by the analysis of three foundations: technology, economy and management. The second part points to determinants shaping the science-industry relations based on triple helix and Austin Technopolis models. Another issue presented in the article are push and pull strategies in science – industry relations. Theoretical deliberations end with a case study concerning the cooperation of scientists with entrepreneurs – on the basis of the operation of UL Incubator.

Dariusz Trzmielak, Ph.D. – is the director of the Centre for Technology Transfer UL and a member of the Council of the Foundation Centre of Innovation – Technology Accelerator of the UL Foundation. Member of the management and treasurer of the Polish Business and Innovation Centers Association. He is accredited by PARP (Polish Agency for Enterprise Development) as an expert on innovation and new technologies. Scientific and economic expert in the Technology Initiative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Member of a Committee Monitoring Regional Operational Program of the Łódź Voivodeship. He is specialized in the assessment of the market potential of technologies and innovative solutions. He is interested mainly in the assessment of the market for new technologies. Till 2008 Dariusz Trzmielak, Ph.D. was vice-president of the Innovation Centre – Technology Accelerator of the Foundation of the University of Łódź. Till 2007 he was the director of the Centre of Innovation at the American Polish Offset ProgramUniversity of Texas – University of Lodz.

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Article published in Transactions of the Institute of Aviation No 226/2012
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