Cooperation between science and business

The CD model enables cooperations between science and business that are meaningful, useful and productive both for the participating partners and for society. The cooperations are generally structured in the following way: The research group elaborates fundamental knowledge that flows into the development of new products and processes at the commercial partner. A brisk exchange of knowledge, experience and questions between the partners prevails throughout the collaboration. This type of research cooperation therefore differs fundamentally from contract research.

 

CD Laboratories keep the companies up to date with new scientific developments through their integration into the scientific community. They therefore also perform a kind of ‘radar function’ for the commercial partners. In order for this role to function optimally, the scientific freedom available in the CD Laboratories is of decisive importance: it enables the researchers to collaborate actively at the leading edge of research during the entire duration of the CD Laboratory.

Attractiveness of the CD model from the perspective of the commercial partners

For the commercial partners of a CD Laboratory, the attractiveness of the model exists primarily in the following points:

 

  • Building up basic knowledge
  • Sustainable competitive advantages from the acceleration and deepening of innovation processes
  • Strategic alliances with the world of science

Attractiveness of the CD model from the perspective of the universities and research institutions

For the scientific partners – universities and research institutions – as hosts of CD Laboratories, the CD model is particularly attractive for the following reasons:

 

  • Excellent scientific research
  • Funding the next generation of scientists
  • Close contact with research companies
 

CD Laboratories create benefit for business and science in equal measure. Their involvement delivers numerous advantages - for commercial partners, scientific partners and Austrian society as a whole