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April 26, 2012   
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In this issue of The Polish Science Voice, we continue to investigate the relationship between business and science, one that is of fundamental importance to the development of Poland. The country has now reached a point where it no longer can develop by relying solely on relatively well-educated human resources and relatively low labor costs. The history of the world, and of Poland, shows that fueled by these two factors, the development rate can soar, but not for long. They cannot serve as firm and lasting foundations for a growing and competitive economy, especially in today’s world, where development potential hinges on intellectual potential. A well-developed economy is one based on innovation and symbiosis of business and science.

Poland has a lot of catching up to do in this department, which we consistently say in almost every issue of The Polish Science Voice. The main reason is that symbiosis of this kind was out of the question in the political and economic system that the country shook off just 23 years ago. In the absence of a free market and a well-developed private sector, there was nothing to stimulate relationships like those described above. Things cannot change for the better automatically or spontaneously; the process requires well-thought-out support of both the financial and organizational kind. An important part in the process is played by the National Center for Research and Development and this issue presents more examples of efforts the center undertakes.

I have been searching for signs of the symbiosis I mentioned above and material signs aside, I have been most interested to find evidence that people in Poland have started to think differently. I must admit that during my searches, I am extremely happy to hear things like “The project has major market potential,” which Agnieszka Syntfeld-Każuch, Ph.D., from the Radiation Detector Physics Division of the National Center for Nuclear Research in Warsaw, told us in an interview. Syntfeld-Każuch is the manager of a project that aims to develop innovative systems to use ionizing radiation in medical therapy as well as systems to detect hazardous materials and toxic waste. You will find more details on the project in this issue of The Polish Science Voice, along with more news of other innovative technological projects which are under way in Poland.
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