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This workshop brought together policy makers, economists, and business representatives to share their views and experience in fostering demand for innovation via market and public policy instruments including public procurement, pricing, regulations, standards-setting and lead markets.
The workshop discussed existing sector, national, or international approaches for assessment of sustainability of bio-based products, such as bio-based chemicals, bio-based plastics, enzymes, bio-based materials, and biofuels.
The workshop's primary objective was to take stock of the current understanding of the social dimensions of innovation and to examine a substantial number of recent initiatives.
Synthetic biology is a transformative set of technologies which offer great opportunities for the construction of bioengineered parts, devices and microorganisms.
This conference, which took place in Paris on 15-17 July 2009, will significantly contribute to accelerating OECD’s current efforts for fostering “green” and innovation-led growth in nanotechnology.
An OECD workshop hosted by Canada will be held on July 23-24, 2009 in Montréal, Québec immediately after the 6th World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-processing to discuss progress over the past 5 years in the methodologies used for sustainability assessment of bio-based products.
In recent years, the need to address social and environmental challenges has grown in urgency. Climate change, energy supply and security, agriculture and food security, and water are some of the global challenges that have received increasing attention of the highest political level.
Examples of research collaboration on climate change, food security, energy, and infectious diseases help demonstrate the potential that some key global challenges can be addressed through enhanced international STI co-operation.
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This workshop will focus on collaborative mechanisms such as IP clearinghouses, patent pools, model/framework agreements, IP exchanges and auctions, and other forms of innovation partnerships. Several initiatives to be presented at the workshop have garnered international attention.
Speech by OECD Deputy Secretary-General Pier Carlo Padoan at the INCOM Workshop on Innovation and Growth Policy in the EU, Prague, 22-23 January 2009