“The examples of research we award in the Best Cooperation of the Year are the key element to successful future economy of the Czech Republic. We have a strong manufacturing base and we need to connect it with a strong research and development base. Especially in recent months, technology transfer from research institutions and universities to companies is discussed intensively and successful business cases show that they have many positive effects. We hope that public research will be more concentrated in the future on outcomes that create production, jobs and exports,” Weston Stacey, Executive Director of AmCham comments the awards.
The winning project is the extraordinarily advanced laboratory instrument Sci-Trace, which is capable of analysing any solid, gaseous or liquid sample without any preparation within only a few seconds. This is a unique in strument without parallel on the global scale.
“It’s obvious that a cooperation of business companies, universities and other public research institutions brings about excellent results. The most recent example is a unique solution for analyzing materials based on LIBS technology, which has been developed by a business company, a university and a start-up, and it ranked first in the Cooperation of the Year 2016 Award,“ says Member of the Board of Česká spořitelna Pavel Kráčmar and adds: „Support to innovations belongs to Česká spořitelna’s strategic goals. Acting as the general partner of the Best Cooperation of the Year 2016 reflects our ambition to work as an intermediary between business and public sectors in developing ambitious innovation projects. On top of that, we provide active support to innovation activities of business companies, start-ups, universities and the public sector through specialized financial programs.“