11/15/2012 2:43:26 PM
German Center for Research and Innovation: Keeping manufacturing competitive: Industry-university collaboration in Germany and the U.S.
German Center for Research and Innovation
Leading German and U.S. experts discussed best practice examples of university-industry relations and their impact on regional development at the German Center for Research and Innovation.
In the U.S., Albany and Pittsburgh are examples of regions in which the economy has turned around as a result of successful university-industry collaboration. According to Dr. Marc Malandro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Commercialization at the University of Pittsburgh, the university’s commercialization efforts and industrial invention transfers have led to a “manufacturing comeback.” The university’s start-up companies have attracted over $400 million in investments to the Pittsburgh region.
Dr. Robert E. Geer, Chief Academic Officer at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), University of Albany, SUNY, presented CNSE as a financially and technically competitive environment to empower nanotech companies in New York State. Based on a shared-use co-location model, CNSE established an on-campus work and life infrastructure for students, faculty members, and collaborating companies, and provides shared facilities, joint investments and financing opportunities.
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