New Prague innovation centre opens to boost links between science and industry

26 Jul 2023 | News

The centre hosts 3D printing technology and will support SMEs to modernise their systems and processes and to develop and test new products

The opening of the new Brains4Industry Innovation Centre. Photo: Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU)

An innovation centre specialising in 3D printing technologies and related materials has opened just outside Prague, with the goal of connecting science and industry and supporting SMEs.

The Brain4Industry (B4I) Innovation Centre has been formed by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences with support from the B4I consortium, made up of several other Czech partners and founded in 2020.

The centre will help SMEs design new business models and develop new products to support their growth. One aspect of it is a “test before invest” approach, allowing prototypes to be trialled before any decisions are made on commercialisation strategy.

“Having a centre like B4I that bridges the gap between science and businesses is crucial for Czechia,” said Alexandr Dejneka, chair of the B4I steering committee and head…

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