The research project “From Research to Market: What the EU can learn from the USA” addresses the gap between the laboratory research and market. I examine how government, universities and private companies facilitate the transition of research results to market in the USA. In the report I present various programs that are available to the researchers and entrepreneurs in the US and invite to consider them for implementation in Europe. I argue that different stages of lab-to-market transfer require different mechanisms that should not be limited to funding but include technology transfer assistance and advice on intellectual property, mentoring by peers and industry mentors and access to the laboratory space and incubators. I conclude that the US answer to closing the lab-to-market gap is by a combination of support mechanisms that reinforce and complement each other, when implemented simultaneously. I invite to discuss which of the US initiatives and programs described in this report shall be promoted in Europe and at which level.
Jekaterina Novikova is the Innovation Policy Coordinator at the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation. The EU official since 2005, she spent last five years in the management positions implementing the FP-7 and Horizon 2020 research projects. Being awarded the EU fellowship in 2018, she spent academic year 2018-2019 in the US, at the University of California, Berkeley where she conducted a research on how the US government, universities and industry facilitate the transition of the research results to market. Jekaterina is Certified Chartered Accountant and holds MA in European Affairs from Lund University, Sweden. She is fluent in Russian, Latvian, English and French.