13 new members added in past year to network uniting industry, research and policy
BRUSSELS -The Science|Business Network, a platform for networking and research on R&D policy, reported rapid growth over the past year – adding 13 new members in 12 months.
At its annual members’ meeting 27 June, the Brussels-based organisation reported 58 corporate, university, and public-sector members and associate members.
The new members include Innovation Norway, Novartis, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Amazon, Frontiers, the South African Department of Science and Technology, Amgen, Merck Sharp Dohme, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the universities of Birmingham, Twente and Aix-Marseille. They join working groups of industrialists, academics and policy makers in debating European research and innovation policy.
The Network’s expansion reflects a growing need for partnership in turbulent times.
“Bringing together the leading stakeholders across the areas of industry, research and policy to ensure Europe remains a stable and leading contributor to global innovation and research is absolutely critical,” said Maryline Fiaschi, managing director of Science|Business. “We warmly welcome our newest members not only for their expertise and excellence, but their drive and dedication,” added Fiaschi.
At the same time, Science|Business has expanded its Brussels management team with the addition of Monica Dietl as senior advisor for its Healthy Measures initiative and Eric Drosin as director of strategic development and communications.
Dietl is a neurobiologist who conducted research at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris (UPMC), the University of Vienna, Sandoz in Basel, and Collège de France with Rhone Poulenc Santé in Paris. She was also director of the Brussels office of France’s CNRS and was director of the COST Association.
Drosin has over 20 years of experience in media, communications, advocacy and European public affairs. After starting as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal Europe and Dow Jones Newswires, he went on to work in communications for Toyota, the European Technology Platform on carbon capture and storage, Royal DSM’s nutrition activities, and the International Diabetes Federation.
The Science|Business Network, founded in 2004 by three prominent European science and technology journalists, brings leaders in academia, industry and policy together for regular private and public meetings to debate policy, share intelligence, and develop recommendations to government. It also publishes a regular newsletter on EU research and innovation policy at www.sciencebusiness.net.
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