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NanoQubec’s I-Nano platform brings together problems, solvers


July 17, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

NanoQuébec has created a novel open innovation tool: the I-Nano platform. It allows industrialists to submit technological challenges to a large research community, find partners, discover avenues for solution, and even access funding.

NanoQuébec has created a novel open innovation tool: the I-Nano platform. It allows industrialists to submit technological challenges to a large research community, find partners, discover avenues for solution, and even access funding.

“NanoQuébec gathers industrial challenges, which are then disseminated in open innovation mode to the entire research community,” explains Benoit Balmana, CEO of NanoQuébec. Researchers are then put in touch with the companies in order to evaluate the possibilities for collaboration. Projects then become the subject of a funding application, making it possible to move from idea to application, he explains.

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 “The number of challenges, the diversity of the sectors and the varied sizes of the companies represented demonstrate yet again nanotechnologies’ tremendous potential for innovation and competitiveness,” notes NanoQuébec’s spokesperson.

NanoQuébec is a non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE).


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