Government Policy on R&D For Commercialization. Methi Wecharatana, Ph.D. Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Top innovation countries do not depend on governments to supply latest technological advances. Governments must focus on advanced technologies availability.
Methi Wecharatana, Ph.D.
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Top innovation countries do not depend on governments to supply latest technological advances. Governments must focus on advanced technologies availabilityMotivation: Improve Innovation Barometer
Lack of conducting formal research and pioneering new products; prefer licensing and imitating products.
Lack of public/private research institutions with ability to incubate new thinking.
Without dedication to invest in research and development.
Governments to drive innovation and ensure technologies availability within the borders.
Governments to procure advanced technology, else innovators will take ideas to other countries.
Lack sufficient regulation to protect intellectual property. Foreign firms are more likely to invest capital/staff other places.
Ability to access the latest technology quickly through fixed broadband internet subscriptions .
Marketing tools and techniques is a key factor to promote products and find a viable marketplace.
Source: GE’s Global Market Intelligence, “Innovation Barometer Global Scorecard”, January 2013.
All funding is from Thai Government:
So, should the outcome belong to the public (tax-payers), individual, or research institution?
What Changes are Needed?
The program was first launched in 1976 and has since initiated more than 110 centers
45 Industrial Partners
How it is done in the U.S.?
R & D
Promote and Stimulate
Set R&D Policy and Provide Funding
Examples: From DARPA (Dept. of Defense) and NASA
NASA Spinoff Program (spinoff.nasa.gov)
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (www.federallabs.org)
Small Business Technology Transfer Grant
U.S. Department of Commerce
“Advanced Technology Program”
(under NIST, U.S. Department of Commerce)
RFP went out with the following criteria:
NASA has explored photo-catalytic technologies as a means for keeping space environments such as the International Space Station clean.
Imagine if we have a self-cleaning glass, what kind of potential markets for these products?
Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP)
No single administrative body (council) in charge of National R & D policy of Thailand
Badly need a more aggressive HRD policy!
If we are serious about competing in the global market, it is time to understand the impact of Science and Technology and Education on economy.
One I-phone 5 costs more than a ton of rice
Innovation versus Business as Usual
The U.S. National Academies:
Research and Development
Venture Capitals and Technology Acquisition
*Sources: GE’s Global Market Intelligence, “Innovation Barometer Global Scorecard”, January 2013.
Foreign companies tapping U.S. S & T resources and ready-made technologies:
What about Thai companies having research facilities in the U.S.?
Products and Productivity
Goal: Strengthening the Economy
World’s success Innovation Companies:
Seed Funding and Membership Fee
Full-scale product manufacturing
IUCRC for a Specific Industrial Interest
Six Technical Divisions encompassing all possible solutions for hazardous waste management: