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Photonics Leaders Gather for Launch of Fraunhofer UK Research
Date:5/27/2013

London, UK (PRWEB) May 27, 2013

Leaders from throughout the photonics community including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, were on hand 23 May at the Royal Academy of Engineering for the launch of Fraunhofer UK Research by UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills and MP for Twickenham Vince Cable. The first Fraunhofer Centre in the UK, the Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP), is hosted by Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Establishment of Fraunhofer UK is intended to pave the way for a major acceleration in high-tech innovation through partnerships with universities and industry to develop and commercialize the country's top research.

"The UK produces some of the most pioneering scientific research in the world but we need to ensure our best ideas are developed to a stage where they can be easily adopted by business, generating the commercial success that fuels growth," Business Secretary Cable said at the launch event." Fraunhofer has a proven track record in bringing new ideas and technologies to market across the world."

"Sitting at the interface between universities and industry, Fraunhofer will help the UK create a powerful innovation system from blue-skies research to applied research and development and from prototyping and small-scale production to full-scale manufacturing," said Tim Holt, Executive Director of Fraunhofer UK.

Fraunhofer, with more than 20,000 employees in 66 Fraunhofer institutes in Germany and many more in its nearly two dozen other facilities in other countries including the U.S.A., Portugal, and Italy, has ea
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