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Tekes——Pekka Soini, Director General and CEO
Source:original    Writer:admin    Released on:2013-12-16    

 

Tekes

Pekka Soini, Director General and CEO

 

 

Abstract:

 

Could you offer an assessment of how the Finnish research sector is currently performing in relation to nations of comparable GDP?

 

For a country like Finland, high quality, top-level expertise together with a long-term research and innovation policy are the keys to success. Current research funding is directed towards sectors supporting the growth of Finland’s industrial base. This is especially important at a time when the whole economy needs reviving.

 

 

 

In terms of impact on the innovation cycle, what has been achieved by the creation of Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOK)?

 

The basic concept of SHOK is to encourage companies to cooperate with each other and research organisations to facilitate breakthrough innovations. These activities are well underway in the longest-running SHOK, the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster (FIBIC), which originated as the Forest Cluster.

Evaluation of the impact of SHOKs confirms that they have helped to soften the blow of the current recession. Companies fund 40 per cent of the costs incurred by SHOK research programmes. It is certain that without clear benefits, the companies would not make such large investments.

The partner companies of the Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster (FIMECC) expect the work conducted through the research programmes to result in business yields amounting to around €3 billion in total. For example, the ICT SHOK called Digile (previously known as TIVIT) has announced that participants of its Cloud Software research programme have tripled their turnover. The programme has succeeded in devising new ways of rapidly generating new business and accelerating the growth of the entire sector in Finland, as well as creating a new ecosystem that focuses on the most profitable cloud services.

 

 

 

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(Sources from: Research Media, < PUJIANG INNOVATION FORUMDevelopment and the Role of Enterprises >)