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The international project CAROTS (Commercial Analytical Research Organisations Transnational Strategy) aims to establish a new type of private or public-private company in the Baltic Sea Region: Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs). CAROs, as intermediary bodies between industry and academia, provide enterprises with much quicker yet complete assistance in analytical research in areas like New Materials, NanoTech and Life Sciences and thus significantly expedite innovation. CAROTS builds on the findings of the previous INTERREG funded projects Baltic TRAM and Science Link.
The goal of CAROTS is to initiate a test bed in the Baltic Sea Region for a new type of intermediaries between industry and advanced research infrastructures. CAROTS aims at involving private capital – by investing in CAROs – in the collaboration between industries and publicly owned analytical facilities.
Although a few CAROs already exist in Europe, we see a high potential for additional enterprises of this type. CAROTS wants to improve conditions for this type of industrial research start-ups along with greater visibility, better knowledge transfer and by attracting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists for support. The project is led by DESY, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, in close dialogue with ten project partners and twelve associated organisations from across the Baltic Sea Region.