Wednesday, March 31, 2010
In 1918, Harding family they built their plant and called it Harding Glass Company. By 1965 HGI had grown to 53 operations in 8 states. The Glass Group was formed in1999 by a group of glass industry professionals to develop the necessary software tools and technology that would allow the Glass Industry to utilize Internet communications technology in an effort to reduce supply chain management costs for all industry participants, Glasslink and Directlink are their poremium products. When Glass Group filed bankruptcy petition, the pharma glassware part was acquired by German firm Gerresheimer Group . The 20 $million acquisition comprised both the container glass works in Millville and its 45.7% share in the Chinese specialty glass manufacturer Beijing Wheaton. The Chinese operations expanded and Gerresheimer now runs 7 plants in China. The acquisition helped Gerresheimer to expand its business in USA- it had a strong lead in the field of tubular glass and pharmaceutical packaging produced from it, while in the field of container glass for pharmaceutics the Gerresheimer Group was in the past represented in the American market by only one plant. The German firm understands the technology.
The Germans did not bid for Flat River Glass, which employs about 530, making glass containers for the cosmetics industry. Australian glassmaker Stölzle-Oberglas expressed interest in the facility and its employees. Piramal Glass succeeds in outbidding the Australian fiorm and bags the assets- eight lines of Type III flint bottles, for C&P, Pharma, liquor and food products industries.
House of Piramal had great reputation for growing with acquisitions. Where did things go wrong in US deal?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
As per the collaboration agreement, Suven will be responsible for discovery activities related to the identification and selection of clinical candidates in the area of CNS, in close association with Lilly. Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, Suven will receive research funding and as well as potential discovery and development milestone payments in the range of $19 million to $23 million per candidate, and potential royalties on net sales of any products that may be successfully commercialized from the collaboration.
Itron and GE have been battling it out for the large utility deployments. The only strong European player is Landis+Gyr. Now, British Gas teams up with Landis+ Gyr to deploy up to one million of Landis+Gyr’s “dual fuel” electricity and gas smart meters, along with Landis+Gyr’s innovative touch screen in home display, in UK customer homes, marking one of the fastest, largest and most advanced smart meter deployments in Europe. As part of the development, Landis+Gyr will share details of its smart metering system with third parties, allowing UK businesses a fast track to the creation of new and innovative solutions aimed at consumers, suppliers and utilities alike.
This again shows the importance of national policies in creating demand for innovations.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
provides both qualitative and quantitative evaluation in the form of a financial forecast showing
the net present value of the evaluated technology. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office developed IPscore® 2.0, in collaboration with Professor Jan Mouritsen, the Copenhagen Business School and a number of Danish companies. The European Patent Office purchased the tool from the Danish Patent and Trademark Office. IPscore® 2.2, developed by the European Patent Office, is a multilingual and slightly improved version. IPscore® 2.2 is made available to users free of charge in order to support the patent strategy of companies, mainly SMEs and to steer the volume of applications by eliminating potentially “worthless” applications.
More at EPO:
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
An equally important focus is on leveraging the latest technologies and paradigms, such as cloud and web computing, human computation, social networks and computational economics, to advance innovation in solutions and services delivery for Xerox’s global markets. Projects under this theme include on-line market places for services, mobile workflows and applications for enterprises, social network modeling for targeted information and cloud-based document solutions.
The India Innovation Hub is located at the Olympia Technology Park in Chennai, India.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
eGalla- Retail Management System
eDhanwantari: Hospital Management system
ganitmitra: maths preparation guide for Class XI & XII
Virtual Labs for Life Science: Life science experiments for class XI & XII.
Interested can write to Managing Director, Goswami
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The case of anti dumping duty on Chinese SDH equipment raises two old issues- do we need to support local innovators and if so do we know how to support our innovators?
Case in brief : based on complaint by Tejas government imposed anti-dumping duty and court had set aside that imposition. Supporters of (few) Indian innovators say that protection is essential for survival but ( large number of) free market pundits argue that protection increases capital cost of service providers and if Chinese manufacturers are willing to supply at below (Indian) cost then why bother, the benefit goes to millions of Indian customers in the form of low charges.
1. Well known is Chinese government support for Huawei .
2. Every other telecom network equipment manufcaturer received their govt support at initial stage. Ericsson was founded in 1876 by Lars Magnus Ericsson, a young mechanic who set up a small workshop taking in telegraph instruments for repairs. They made it big in telephone exchange (AXE) with support from their country operator Televerket. Acceptance in the home market provided them needed eligibility criteria for global supply and they expanded to Austria, France and Saudi Arabia etc.
3. Prof Ashok jhunjunwala has tons of data to prove that local capabilities played a significant role in keeping capex costs low in India.
Will Tejas survive to receive one more award??
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Innovator Kranti (a student) contacted me ( from Hyderabad) on email with his idea of an apparel which can be cooled based on Peltier Effect. TePP had earlier rejected few proposals aimed at demonstrating Peltier Effect as the product targeted was not clear or innovator was not percieved as capable of working on his idea. I referred his proposal (again on e mail) to Dr Ramamurthy, Retired Director of ERDA living in Hyderabad. He discussed with Kranti and gave his recommendation saying that Peltier Effect was known but the innovator had something new to offer to dissipate heat and it was worth trying. The evaluated proposal was taken to the committee chaired by Prof Amarnath of IITB. Though the committee was named Screening Committee , we deliberately avoided screening with checklist and discussion always focussed on desirability and feasibility of the idea. Two committee members Dr Anil Wali of FITT and Mahesh Krovidi of NID offered to incubate his idea. The innovator took technical assistance from IITD and incubation support at NID. He also got NID designer Parsenjit as partner.
Best Practices of TePP
1. Provide innovators an opportunity to refine the proposal before taking it to committee.
2. Respect Expert and value his views. We invented the word `Technology Angel' for our experts.
3. Avoid checklists and focus on implementation in committee meetings.
4.Respect all stakeholders as partners.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Cisco announces its second Cisco I-Prize contest. In this open, global competition entrepreneurs submit proposals and collaborate to create the seed idea for Cisco's next billion-dollar business.
Idea submissions should fall in one of four categories:
- The Future of Work: New solutions that accelerate and change the way we do business
- The Connected Life: Technological inspirations that dramatically improve living conditions and disseminate culture
- New Ways to Learn: Next-generation solutions that transform when, where, and how people learn.
- The Future of Entertainment: New solutions that change how people play together
The winning team will receive a grand prize of $250,000.
China has set aside a whopping $200.8 billion in stimulus funding for cleantech, 79 percent more than the $112.2 billion the U.S.These numbers mean that governments, in essence, have become the biggest cleantech venture capitalists – with China as the largest player by far. Here is an example: vanadium redox flow batteries were being developed in Vancouver, Canada by a company called VRB Power Systems and chinese firm Prudent Energy bought out the struggling company’s assets in Jan. 2009. Later the Chinese firm has raised a $22 million Series C round to build its Beijing manufacturing capacity for vanadium redox flow batteries.
The traditional way of funding Indian public sector units like CEL / BHEL or CSIR labs (CECRI) & IITs to develop clean technologies would take us no where. The starting point is not research but access to patented technology. Will government dare to lend stimuls money to firms to buy out start-up firms from abroad???
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Nominees should be people, not companies, who are responsible for an innovation that has been a proven success in the past decade. Please submit your nominations by e-mail to email@example.com, giving the nominee’s name, affiliation and contact information, and a 200-word summary explaining why he or she deserves the award in a particular category. Nominations can also be submitted online at economist.com/innovationawards. The deadline is April 1st.