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Europe lags in technology transfer, conference told

Europe is struggling to keep up with countries such as Japan and the United States in transforming basic research into products due to a lack of piloting facilities, continued funding and regulatory barriers, a conference has heard.

The European Association of Research and Technology Organisations annual conference, held this week in Luxembourg, discussed ways in which research and technology organisations could more effectively collaborate with industry on research infrastructure. Several speakers expressed concern that Europe was falling behind its competitors in taking up basic research and developing it into products and services.

Participants at the conference, who largely represent industry-orientated, privately-run laboratories that do applied research, repeated the common industry refrain that Framework is orientated towards the universities.

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