“Our wish now with this technology is to find more partners in the fields of research that can use our technology,” he concluded. For this reason, HHI opened a new office in Boston in 2011. “We are always looking for industry partners and research institutes,” he said, “where our technology from telecommunications can be applied to other uses.”

DISCUSSION

Ambassador Murphy asked the speakers how they were able to select new areas for application of existing technologies. Dr. Lee said that his initiative was now known as “physical sciences oncology,” and this had opened the door to mathematicians, computational scientists, and others. “The network itself is very open,” he said. “There are pilot funds that the centers themselves solicit, so we ask them to be innovative clusters on their own. They bring in new people and new ideas. We have a grand challenge where all 12 centers work together to bring in a grand challenge and new expertise as well.” Dr. Giesekus said that in the HHI, almost all the scientists are physicists, with backgrounds in telecom. These people, he said, “are our core knowledge. Now we are looking for new applications, so we need collaboration. So we bring together a few research institutions, and a few companies, and the company keeps us on track because it has to earn money. So the Fraunhofer model keeps our eye on market solutions, while the solutions need the science to be successful.”



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