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State capital risk provision in the National Innovation Council (NIC)

There seems to have been a “spontaneous” tendency for public innovation funding organizations to drift into funding in later stages in the innovation process – instead of concentrating on the early stages, where innovating companies do not yet have any sales. The provision of this funding did compete with private providers of capital, which may … Continue reading

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Functional public procurement in the National Innovation Council (NIC)

The Swedish government took a decision to adopt the National Procurement Strategy in late June 2016 – Ardalan Shekarabi is responsible Minister. Functional procurement is an important element in that strategy. What is described in the procurement documents (förfrågningsunderlagen) in such procurement is functions or solutions to problems rather than products (goods and services). This … Continue reading

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IMI Final Report

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is Europe’s largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. IMI supports collaborative research projects and builds networks of industrial and academic experts in order to boost pharmaceutical innovation in Europe. IMI is a joint undertaking between the European Union and the … Continue reading

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Charles is participating in a Workshop on the conceptual foundations of innovation indicators at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC on May 19-20, 2016. He will there speak on “Design of innovation policy, innovation-related public procurement and a critical assessment of the Innovation Union Scoreboard”. The whole workshop program is available here. Continue reading

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  Charles gave a talk about functional public procurement at Sustainable Business Hub in Malmö on May 13, 2016. In the invitation was written “With functional procurement you buy clean water instead of sewage treatment works, a decibel level instead of a noise fence and inside temperature instead of heat and cold. In this way … Continue reading