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13 January, 2006 - 13:11 By Staff Reporter

Cambridge innovation to help Norway prosper

A major initiative is underway from Cambridge to provide world-class innovation techniques to 10 hi-tech companies in the Oslo region.The pilot programme is led by Cambridge-based Scientific Generics and Norway-based Hartmark Consulting for Innovation Norway, the state-owned organisation that promotes nationwide industrial development.

The stimulation programme will improve innovation capability for a range of companies in sectors as diverse as medical equipment, optronics, electronics and electric vehicle manufacturers. It could roll out across other regions.

John Greaves, head of public sector activity at Scientific Generics said: “There are areas across Europe where the skills and knowledge gap in developing technology needs to be addressed. Projects like this are filling this gap by bringing the public and private sectors together and assisting in stimulating additional wealth through innovation.

“We will be working with Norwegian companies to identify new opportunities for their technologies and selecting the most attractive opportunities to pursue. This could include cost reduction opportunities for electro-optical systems, identifying complementary power technologies, providing primary market research and proposition testing through our contacts base and competitive analysis.”

Another Cambridge technology consultancy, CCL, is helping Norwegian-based Statoil, one of the world’s largest suppliers of crude oil and natural gas, to develop software to support oil trading and operations management.

Cambridge Consultants is one of a few commercial organisations in Europe with practical experience of building intelligent agent software for real-time applications. The company has worked in this area for over 20 years, and has created its own methodology for managing knowledge-based engineering projects.

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