NCL Innovations was founded on 19 February 2007 as a new resource center of the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune to champion the cause of technology innovations within the organization. The mission of NCL Innovations is to find means and ways to help the birth of new technology ideas and assist and support their translation into products and successful exploitation.
The immediate goal of NCL Innovations is to build and rejuvenate for NCL various component parts of a world-class ecosystem supporting the development and enrichment of commercially and socially useful knowledge (technology), protection and capture of value, exploitation of know-how, and the setting up of new commercial and social enterprises based on NCL know-how. Thus, NCL Innovations will bring a fresh & renewed focus to and champion the cause of technology development & acceleration, technology commercialization (in concert with Business Development Division) and new venture development (Graphic).
NCL Innovations plans to run programs and activities in the following areas in the coming years:
NCL Innovations has undertaken the following initiatives to strengthen the innovation culture and networks within NCL:
Intellectual property group
The Intellectual Property Group at NCL is a service group that aims to help scientists and students strategize, protect, secure, valorize and extract value from intellectual property emerging out of their work while also championing the cause of inventions, inventors and the spirit of invention within NCL. Click here for more details.
NCL Innovations has undertaken the following initiatives to strengthen technology commercialization capabilities and increase productivity/ impact:
NCL Innovations is currently exploring potential public-private partnerships (PPP) in technology innovations wherein NCL can partner businesses in medium to long-term programs aimed at research and technology innovation in focused areas. NCL aims to contribute specific expertise, know-how and facilities to such PPPs while business partners are expected to contribute market knowledge and focus, operational efficiencies and financial resources. In certain programs of national importance, NCL may be able to vest IP in such PPPs while also attracting grant-in-aid funding support.
New venture development
NCL Innovations aims to identify opportunities for new venture creation and to facilitate the creation of technology start-ups. In this direction, NCL Innovations has helped create Venture Center – a technology business incubator supported by DST-NSTEDB located within NCL Innovation Park. The Venture Center is a technology business incubator specializing in technology enterprises offering products and services exploiting scientific expertise in the areas of materials, chemicals and biological sciences & engineering.
The Venture Center is the trademark of Entrepreneurship Development Center, a not-for-profit company hosted by the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. The Venture Center will initially occupy 10,000 sq ft of built up area within the NCL Innovation Park and will consist of lab, office and hot-desking space for start-up companies, shared laboratories, analytical facilities, an information and learning center, and other supporting resources and services. The Venture Center will be offering advisory services to technologists/ inventors and entrepreneurs while also helping build and sustain networks supporting technology entrepreneurs.
NCL Innovation Park
The NCL Innovation Park is a 43,000 sq m (10.6 acre) facility being developed by the National Chemical Laboratory to support the birth, growth and expansion plans of research and knowledge-based business entities (both start-up companies and subsidiaries of established companies) through critical stages of their growth by providing ready-to-occupy space (with varying degrees of servicing) with easy access to the knowledge centers (like NCL), knowledge workers, business networks and other resources.
The NCL Innovation Park is being planned as an environment that will marry corporate efficiency, agility and entrepreneurial vigor with the contemporary knowledge skills, intellectual depth and spirit of invention characteristic of research organizations such as NCL.Top
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