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Where digital and physical worlds collide

David Bott

When the Technology Strategy Board first started thinking about the need for physical centres to support innovation, in 2009, we had some very specific ideas. By then, the TSB had been an agency for just over two years and our understanding of business areas was growing. We could see the positive impact physical centres could have.

In our minds, these centres would have a strong element of shared equipment—whether it was expensive, fast developing or difficult to operate didn’t matter. The right equipment was vital to achieve fast progress. There was also a requirement for multidisciplinary collaboration.

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