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Access to infrastructure/ external know-how

Why to deal with this? According to the Open Innovation paradigm, companies make use of external knowledge, ideas, intellectual assets and technologies in addition to their internal resources.

This implies that suitable external sources for innovation activities need to be identified and unlocked. This can range from in-licensing external technologies, but also make use of existing infrastructures to test new processes, e.g. in research or technological institutes.

When is it suitable/applicable? Identifying new sources of know-how and investigating about the possibilities of using external infrastructure can be an interesting opportunity
  • for testing different process technology options before investing in one particular options
  • for addressing temporary needs, i.e. specific situations where a certain know-how or certain equipment is needed (e.g. product development , testing, analyses, i.e.
  • for obtaining and impetus for innovation through cooperation with research and/or technology partners
When is it NOT suitable/applicable? Problems can arise with the “not-invented-here”-syndrome, i.e. reluctance to adopt and further develop ideas coming from an external source among the company staff. Cooperating with external partners also means that other parties may get an insight into what you are doing.warning.png"Problems can arise with the “not-invented-here”-syndrome, i.e. reluctance to adopt and further develop ideas coming from an external source among the company staff. Cooperating with external partners also means that other parties may get an insight into what you are doing." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.
What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)? You have to consider costs for analysis, finding the right partner, negotiating and managing the cooperation. Universities and technological centres charge fees for making available their equipment and the necessary support staff.

What’s the relevant HTE output?  
  • This website (Food Tech Innovation Portal) will help you identify institutes and companies from your and complementary areas of expertise.
  • In the section "Infrastructures" you will find a series of food research and development infrastructures across Europe available for use/rent by external organisations.
  • You can become involved by joining the Associated Membership Platform of Hightech Europe and cooperate in the creation of the European Institute for Food Processing (EU-IFP)
Whom can I talk to from the HTE team? Management, financial, legal topics:

ZENIT, Agropolis International, TEIN, Qualiméditerranée, TRITECC DLG, ARC

Technical topics: IRTA, Ttz, CENTIV, Wageningen UR - FBR, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., FRIP, KEKI, Pervatech, KU Leuven LFT, UTCN, CSIRO, Nutrition Sciences

Relevant internet links Links:
Online databases and tools Tools:
Where to get advice, consultancy? Support:
  • Enterprise Europe Network
  • Research institutes and technology centres (many of them can be found using the search function of this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal)
  • Local and regional development agencies
  • Technology transfer and business services agencies
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Local/regional clusters
  • Innovation initiatives
Related innovation sheets Business Networking, Business Cooperation/ Finding a partner, EU 7th Framework Programme – Cooperation, Open innovation, Technical x pre feasibility, Technical x feasibility, Technical x launching

Title Access to infrastructure/ external know-how
Aspect Technical
Latest Version 18-07-2012
Completed by ZENIT


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Created by Hte zenit on 18 July 2012, at 14:21