HOT NEWS Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes helps industrialize thousands of research outcomes through ELECT linkage

To help academe fully industrialize research outcomes, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) offers on-campus technology consultation services through the “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes Project”. By integrating with schools in the “Global Research and Industry Alliance (Gloria)”, the project unearths potential technologies from schools and horizontally links them to the resources of the “Biomedical Innovation Clusters Integration Program” and the “Taiwan Reputed University Startups to Taiwan Unicorns (The TRUST-U Program) to promote the industrialization, innovation and development of academic research outcomes.

To further academic collaboration, “Gloria” will recommend excellent technologies from academic researches for “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes” to provide value-added services, in order to link them to the promotion energy of academe-industry collaboration. In the presence of MOST, Co-Principal Investigator Peng-yu Wang of  “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes” signed MOU with President Joe Y. C. Wu of Shih Shin University representing 12 schools from the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT) formed with disciplines covering science and engineering, business, and medicine. In the future, collaboration will be conducted through three themes: “Discovery of potential technologies”, “Academia-industry collaboration matching”, and “Publication of research outcomes” to further school linkages and services, accelerate the discovery of potential technologies developed by ELECT and industrialize research outcomes.
According to Director Chyou-huey Chiou of the Department of Academe-Industry Collaboration and Science Park Affairs, MOST, since its inception in 2015, “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes Project”  has provided guidance for 159 highlight projects by the end of 2018 to increase revenue up to NT$449 million for the schools and give rise to 14 startups. As 23 highlight projects are from ELECTs, it is clear that ELECTs are powerful in R&D. With more than 3,000 research outcomes, ELECTs can industrialize them through the value-added service from  “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes”. It is hoped that this MOU can help both parties expand the scope of exchange and cooperation to promote cross-sector and cross-school academe-industry collaboration and startup development.

Through the value-added service, “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes”  received in 2018 four projects from ELECTs, including the “LDTS certification counseling of endometrial cancer molecular screening technology” from Taipei Medical University, the “A facile and green process to synthesize graphene nanosheets” and the “Development of the Platelet-rich Plasma Separation Filter for Minimally Invasive Therapy” from Chung Yuan Christian University and the “Development of an energy-saving system for heavy metal ions recycling from waste water” from Tam Kang University. All these projects are technologically advanced and have market potential. In addition, they have demonstrated that academic R&D energy is beyond limits. The linkage to research institues’ R&D energy and industrial experience can constantly enhance the connection between academic R&D and industrial innovations, whose combined efforts can enhance Taiwan’s industrial competitiveness.

Figure: “Academia-Industry Collaboration by Research Institutes” signed MOU with Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan