Inclusive innovation and the creation of innovation hubs are as important for industry as they are for education.
DuPont, a name synonymous with innovation, capitalised on inclusive innovation to launch its European Innovation Centre in Geneva on 28 January. The Centre aims to leverage the power of DuPont’s global network and give customers access to DuPont’s 9,500 scientists and engineers around the world via interactive on-site and remote video conferencing.
Professor Sa’ad Medhat, NEF’s CEO said: “The DuPont Innovation Centre provides an effective hub that engages stakeholders, opens up collaborative opportunities and ensures that the focus remains on the bigger picture. Educational institutions can learn from this model to enable them to establish sustainable collaborations to inspire genuine innovation. DuPont and other members of our Innovation Council will help us make a difference.”
Mark Vergnano, Executive Vice President of DuPont said: “as a science company, we believe innovation is an inclusive process. Connecting our scientists and customers in Geneva to our broader scientist network around the world will help accelerate the innovation rate, redefine existing products and open new market segments”.
The Innovation Centre is housed within DuPont’s European Technical Centre in Geneva, which has been at the forefront of research and technical innovation for more than 20 years focusing on application development for various industries like automotive, cosmetics, industrial and food packaging, construction and sporting goods.