Scotland: ITI Scotland
The number of vehicles on the world?s roads is predicted to rise from 950 million currently to 1.5 billion by 2030, an increase of 65%. Fundamentally, vehicle ownership is related to world population and affordability which means that, as motorisation reaches the developing world in significant numbers for the first time, more vehicles will be produced between now and 2030 than in the entire history of the motor industry. This poses major worldwide challenges in terms of manufacturing capability, materials availability, and materials reuse and recycling. Indeed, it is now clear that the automotive industry can only become sustainable if vehicles that are produced and sold in future are designed, engineered and produced with recycling in mind.
R&D programmes currently underway at ITI Energy include work on a composite pipeline structure, a wind turbine access system, rechargeable batteries and resonance-enhanced drilling. Future programmes envisaged may include sustainable transport fuels from algae, new wind turbine technologies and key subsystems for hybrid electric vehicles.
ITI Life Sciences has over £50 million committed to date. The programmes currently being investigated include: text mining to develop powerful new information extraction tools; the identification and application of cardiac biomarkers; transgenic screening and safety models for use in drug discovery; a programme on stem-cell technologies; and an investigation of the ubiquitin proteosome system.
ITI Techmedia?s market for digital media and communications is vast and as such the R&D activity is focused around the core technology areas of human-system interaction, security and trust, information and imaging, content creation and sensors and networks. Currently the programmes being investigated include: games-based learning; ultra-wideband wireless communications; machine-readable security tagging; online games development; biosensors; condition-based monitoring; backlighting using polymer optics; and software integrity engineering.
Five years into ITI Scotland?s initial ten-year model, it boasts a £134 million funding commitment with 25 programmes launched since September 2004. As of September 2008, 11 of these programmes are complete, eight during the financial year 2007/08, and 14 are at various stages of development. A further six programmes are planned for launch during the remainder of 2008 once diligence activities are completed.
On top of these achievements 132 patents have been filed to date and this has led to new market applications and commercial potential being developed from the generated IP. In addition, 12 commercial licensing deals have been closed with commercial vehicles, both new start-ups and existing companies, based on the intellectual assets developed by the ITI programmes.
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