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October 09, 2007

ERA: itchy industry feet

This morning it was the turn of industry to air their views on the future of the European Research Area. Three speakers from the pharmaceutical industry, the chemical industry and Philips research all gave a similar message: industry is ready to invest in R&D in Europe and is beginning to get fed up with waiting for the political arguments to be ironed out.

As everyone suspected, they are less than entuisiastic about waiting until January for the European Parliament to finalise its views on JTIs.

Several people have also mentioned this year’s Nobel prize winners. It seems particularly appropriate to discussions that prizes were awarded to two European-born scientists who now work in America.


In today’s baffling metaphor news:

*public interest in research is, apparently, a “three legged chair”

*the ERA is a jazz band, waiting to find its rhythm.


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