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Wroc³aw Researchers in Deal with IBM
July 1, 2009   
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The EIT+ Research Center in the southwestern city of Wroc³aw May 27 signed a letter of intent with U.S. computer giant IBM to work together in the development of nanotechnology, biotechnology and "intelligent" IT systems.

Under the deal, IBM researchers will provide EIT+ with training and consulting services in areas such as research project management, infrastructure, and research and development projects.

Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, the Polish minister of science and higher education, said that supporting links between business and science is a priority for the government.

"We are fully aware that no giant leap in development can be made without such collaboration," Kudrycka said. "We look forward to a synergy effect resulting from joint projects benefiting Poland's science and economy."

EIT+ head Prof. Miros³aw Miller said, "We have identified several potential areas for joint research in which IBM has vast global experience. These include management of water resources, cutting energy consumption during production, and transportation system management."

Kenneth Keating, an IBM executive in charge of research development, said the corporation is eager to work together with governments and businesses around the world to develop IT systems and technology to support economic growth. According to Keating, Poland has extensive achievements and experience in science and technology.

IBM and EIT+ want to encourage other partners to work with them, executives said. Talks are under way with academics and innovative enterprises.

EIT+ aims to spur the development of science, research and innovation in Wroc³aw and Lower Silesia province. It wants to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy in Poland by supporting projects carried out by the government and businesses. EIT+ shareholders include institutions of higher education and local governments.

Piotr Bartosz
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