LATEST FROM TWITTER
Find out about the Big Innovation Centre
Read our latest reports
Find out about our partners
Etienne Le Blanc
31 October 2012
Almost twelve months ago, speaking at the Big Innovation Centre, David Willetts set out his vision for the UK’s new network of Technology Innovation Centres and launched the Catapult brand to cover these. Put simply, their aim is to help us to better leverage our excellent research capacity and strengthen our applied research infrastructure.
25 October 2012
Unless pharmaceutical companies reinvent the way they offer, create, deliver and capture value, reports such as this that shows AstraZeneca, the UK’s second largest drug maker, suffering a 19% drop in revenues in the last quarter as it was hit hard by the expiry of patents will become more common. A patent holder’s market share can fall by up to 89% in the first half-year following patent expiry.
Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform, is coming to the UK. Its American incarnation has given rise to smart watches, feminist video series, and zombie-based health and fitness apps, all with the backing of engaged fans. Entrepreneurs, philanthropists and creatives pitch an idea to the site’s massive audience and offer rewards to those who are willing to donate towards a pre-specified target amount. If the target is hit or exceeded, the full amount pledged goes towards the project. So far, pitches have had to be based in the USA in order to be hosted over the platform, but as of the 31st of October the site will finally be able to launch projects based in the UK.
23 October 2012
Bruce Sterling, Science Fiction author and technology commentator, posted a very interesting response to our 3D printing research on his Wired.com blog last week. It’s fair to say he doesn’t agree with many of our recommendations – in fact, he basically rejects the idea that there is any need for any government policy on 3D printing. Whilst a lot of what he says is useful, we think he has misunderstood the vital and pressing need for policy engagement with this innovative new technology.
16 October 2012
Allister Heath, editor of City AM, discussed our report on 3D printing in his letter this morning. He labels 3D printing – along with self-driving cars – as the “big ideas to watch over the next decade”. We’d probably argue there are other, equally important technologies with the potential to transform the economy (and probably others we haven’t heard of yet), but it is always encouraging when the media pays some attention to the things that will get our economy growing in the long-term.
Where is economic growth going to come from? This is the question every economic policymaker and commentator in the UK is currently asking. But short of a resurgent housing market or automotive industry, ideas about which areas of the economy should warrant our attention are thin on the ground. Our research, published today, argues that 3D printing, the ability to print objects on demand, has real potential for future growth, but only if government is on-side and willing to offer the right support.
03 October 2012
In an era of seemingly un-ending economic crisis, it has become fashionable to suggest that the West’s stagnation is not just a blip but a permanent phenomenon. The idea, captured most prominently in Tyler Cowen’s “Great Stagnation”, is that we’ve run out of useful new ideas and technologies, and so have nothing left with which to make the economy grow.
01 October 2012
Today ( Monday 1 October) the Royal Academy of Engineering launched a new report highlighting evidence that the demand for engineers exceeds supply. Supported by Big Innovation Centre research and analysis, they present a compelling evidence base: