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Jan van den Biesen | Vice-President Public R&D programmes, Philips Research



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Jan van den Biesen | Vice-President Public R&D programmes, Philips Research Jan van den Biesen | Vice-President Public R&D programmes, Philips Research Presentation Transcript

  • Improving Europe’s Innovation System Dr Jan van den Biesen Vice President Public R&D Programs, Philips Research Briefing on Innovation Union and Industrial Policy European Journalism Centre, Brussels, November 24, 2010
  • EU2020: Raising R&D investments to 3% of GDP
    • Company investments are driven by expected returns
    • Low private R&D investments in EU reflect unfavourable framework conditions for innovation
    • Wide range of policy measures across EU innovation system are needed to boost private R&D and innovation
      • Input : more public investments in Knowledge Triangle
      • Throughput : more efficiency & effectiveness
      • Output : more market demand for innovative products & services
    Input Throughput Output
  • Philips’ health and well-being offer leverages critical global trends
    • Ageing population
    • The number of people aged over 60 will double from 500 million today to 1 billion by 2015
    • Emerging markets
    • 99% of future population growth will be in emerging markets; Emerging economies are expected to account for 2/3 rd of global GDP by 2016
    • Empowered consumers
    • Consumers are increasingly focused on their Health and Well-being and look for products that fit their lifestyle
    • Climate change and sustainable development
    • 19% of global electricity consumption is used for lighting; Energy efficient lighting can save 40%...or 600 power stations worth of energy
  • Invest more in Knowledge Triangle
      • Shift direction of investments towards societal challenges in common interest of society, public sector and private sector
      • Sustainability
      • Energy efficiency
      • Clean water
      • Personal well-being
      • Ageing population
      • Homecare, independent living
      • Better healthcare for all, at lower cost
    • Gear EU budget more towards future knowledge-based economy
      • Increase budget for next R&D Framework Programme
  • From Closed to Open Innovation
      • 103 hectares
      • 90 companies
      • 5 institutes, e.g. Holst Centre
      • 8,000 R&D staff
      • 50 nationalities
      • 45,000 m 2 laboratory space
      • 185,000 m 2 operational office space  
      • 6,000 m 2 space for start-up companies
      • More than € 500M invested by Philips
    2003 Closed Philips Research HQ, Eindhoven 2000 Open High Tech Campus Eindhoven, NL 2010
  • Improve efficiency & effectiveness
    • Stimulate Open Innovation
      • Promote Handbook for Responsible Partnering
      • Simplify Framework Programme
      • Industry participation down from 39% in FP4 to 25% in FP7
      • Most EC proposals for simplification make sense
      • Only transition to output/results-based financing causes major concern
    • Cut red tape by implementing risk-tolerant & trust-based approach
      • NL High Trust approach is good example
      • Personal liability for Staff officers should be eased
  • Meaningful innovations in energy-efficient lighting
  • Boost demand for innovative products and services
    • Stimulate market demand by innovation-friendly regulation, standardisation and public procurement
      • Without market demand, companies have little reason to invest in R&D
    • Unleash power of public procurement to promote innovation
      • Total public procurement in EU amounts to over 2 trillion euro per year
      • Use EU Structural Funds as incentive
    • Remove national barriers and complete Single Market
      • E.g. in tendering processes for healthcare systems, privacy legislation regarding patient data, reimbursement models for healthcare costs
  • Concluding remarks
    • Philips welcomes Innovation Union
      • Integrated approach to innovation
      • Active & Healthy Aging as pilot for European Innovation Partnerships
    • EU needs strategic focus, speed and decisiveness
      • To achieve Europe 2020 ambitions and keep up with global competition