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24 Sep 2019

Horizon Magazine publishes interview with chair of EIC pilot advisory board

Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of the Science Foundation Ireland and chief scientific adviser to the Irish government, was recently appointed chair of the European Innovation Council’s pilot advisory board. In an interview with Horizon Magazine, he discusses the main problems of turning science into successful businesses in Europe, and the role of the European Innovation Council in this context.

"In my vision of success we would have a fantastic ERC scientist who makes a ground breaking discovery that has commercial potential and very quickly that comes to an EIC programme manager and they help assemble the other people the scientist needs to work with, ensure the critical pieces get funded, that equity gets funded and it can then be scaled rapidly“, Mr. Ferguson says.

The full interview can be found here.


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