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May 31, 2012   
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This issue of The Polish Science Voice carries a thought-provoking interview with Łukasz Ciupiński, a Warsaw University of Technology researcher who manages a project that aims to develop new materials with increased thermal conductivity. Quite apart from its focus on innovative research, the project involves an innovative, market-oriented approach by researchers.

“This research project involves research intended for practical application,” Ciupiński says. “We are trying to establish cooperation with companies that could potentially be interested in using the materials we’ve developed in their solutions and products. We talked to several companies from Polish industry, and we also have working contacts with a global company.”

In the interview, Ciupiński talks about ultra-modern materials capable of quickly dissipating heat. These materials result from a combination of synthetic diamond and copper, and can be used in computers and machine tools as well as motorcycles, for example. A team of scientists and experts from a number of universities and institutes, supported by funds from the National Center for Research and Development (NCBiR), is carrying out the innovative project. But probably the most innovative part of this project is its new, market-oriented approach. The aim is not only to put research results to commercial use, but—even more important—to change Polish researchers’ approach and mind set. This is vital in the modern world.

A similar approach can be found in another project that we report on in this issue of The Polish Science Voice. Called ONCO - 3 CLA, the project involves Polish pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Adamed. The researchers involved are working to develop a new cancer drug using public funds from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the NCBiR. The project is classified as one of key importance to the Polish economy and science.

Explaining why Adamed, a private company, has been given public money, the project’s manager, Dr. Jerzy Pieczykolan, says, “Adamed has been around for 27 years. From the beginning we have contributed to the development of certain sectors of the Polish economy. As part of the ONCO - 3 CLA project and generally during this period many small and large biotechnology companies have been established in Poland, with which we worked and continue to cooperate, often contributing to their development. These companies include Lipopharm, Selvita, Pure Biologic, and BLIRT. Their scientists and people dealing with the business side agree that Adamed has helped stimulate the development of these organizations, thanks to cooperation at individual research stages of the oncology project under way. Now some of these companies are going public via the New Connect market and also going global with their services.”
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