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THE CZECH REPUBLIC – COUNTRY WHERE THE WORD "ROBOT" HAS ITS ORIGIN

LIST OF CENTRES FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION SMART, HARDWORKING AND EDUCATED PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH 1 2017


CZECH BUSINESS AND TRADE

Czech Business and Trade Economic Magazine is Designed for Foreign Partners, Interested in Cooperation with the Czech Republic Issued by PP AGENCY s.r.o. in cooperation with n Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic n Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic n Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic n Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic n Confederation of Employers‘ and Entrepreneurs‘ Associations of the Czech Republic n Czech Chamber of Commerce n CzechTrade

n INTRODUCTION Eduard Palíšek

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n ANALYSIS

The Czech Republic – the Country Where the Word "Robot" Has Its Origin

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PARTNER OF THE MAGAZINE: ICC Czech Republic EDITORIAL BOARD: Vladimír Bärtl, Jiří Hansl, Marcela Havlová, Jaromír Kohlíček, Dagmar Kuchtová, Martin Lukáš, Karel Machotka, Marie Pavlů, Tomáš Seidl, Miroslav Somol, Jarmila Škvrnová, Jan Špunda, Martin Tlapa, Jan Wiesner

n TECHNOLOGY

Technology Agency of Czech Republic

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MANAGING EDITOR: Pavla Podskalská EDITORS: Rut Bízková, Jarmila Škvrnová TRANSLATION: Vlasta Benešová

n CATALOGUE

Czech Centres for Research and Development

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PROOFREADING: Pearl Harris, Ivana Kadlecová GRAPHIC DESIGN: Stanislava Podaná COVER PHOTO: Centrum HiLASE DEADLINE: 30/5/2017 © PP Agency ADDRESS: Myslíkova 25, 110 00 Praha 1 Czech Republic e-mail: journal@ppagency.cz www.ppagency.cz, www.doingbusiness.cz Press run: 10 000 copies. It is not allowed to reproduce any part of the contents of this journal without prior consent from the Editor. Attitudes expressed by the authors of articles carried by CBT need not necessarily be consistent with the standpoint of the Publisher. MK ČR E 6379, ISSN 1211-2208 „Podávání novinových zásilek povoleno Českou poštou, s. p., odštěpný závod Přeprava, č. j. 3468/95, ze dne 24/10/1995“

n SCIENCE

Science Technology Advanced Region

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The Association of Research Organisations

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CzechInvest Links Czech R&D with Other Countries

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n PRESENTATION OF FIRMS

ABF, a.s.; BioVendor - Laboratorní medicína a.s.; BVV Brněnské veletrhy a výstavy, spol. s r.o.; Centrum výzkumu Řež s.r.o.

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sations have failed, others were very successful – the Škoda Car Company is known worldwide. And then came the third stage, which started sometime around 2000. The massive take-up of investment incentives attracted into to the Czech Republic a number of world-renowned companies and our country became a super power in the production of cars. Our main advantage was a relatively inexpensive and well-qualified workforce. We have become a country with the reputation of "country of assembly halls". In 2004, we joined the European Union, which was beneficial not only for the economy. The industry-based national economy of the country is an asset till the present – we have relatively well overcome the economic crisis around 2008, producing quality products with costs acceptable for foreign owners of the great share of the economic potential of our country. Eduard Palíšek Chairman Committee for Research and Development Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic CEO Siemens Czech Republic

The Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic is the premier business lobbying organisation in the Czech Republic providing a voice for employers at a national and international level. Our main mission is to promote the conditions in which businesses of all sizes and sectors in the Czech Republic can flourish and stay competitive. We represent 11 000 member in total, which includes 140 direct members and 31 collective members (branch associations). The Confederation of industry of the Czech Republic is participating in shaping of the environment for research, development, and innovations from the perspective of the companies. We comment on important documents, appropriate chapters of the budget dedicated to R&D. We also comment on the design of the state agencies projects (including Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Industry and Trade, EU Operational Program (OP PIK and OP VVV ). We have representatives in various advisory and monitoring bodies such as Research, Development and Innovation Council, Council on Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Monitoring Committees, Programme Councils. There are universities and many local and global innovative companies among our members. The Association of Research Organisations is also one of our important collective members. Our aim is to assert and protect their interests. For the foreign investors, we are bringing updated information not only from the field of R&D, but also other areas such as labour law, environmental regulations, and others.

Photo: Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic

Dear Readers, I am honoured to introduce you to the world of Czech research. And I am also honoured to be able to do this on behalf of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, the largest Czech association of employers and entrepreneurs in the field of industry and transport. This issue of Czech Business and Trade covers only a part of research in the Czech Republic. It informs about new research infrastructures that have been built with support from the European Structural Funds during the last six to seven years. This has greatly expanded the research potential of the Czech Republic. Worldclass workplaces have been set up, equipped with devices that you often do not find within the range of many hundreds of kilometres. Personalities of international reputation work here, which create exceptionally high quality international teams. The Czech Republic, a country in the centre of Europe, can therefore be a "promised country" to all who want to work in a truly creative environment with top contemporary equipment. Historically, the Czech Republic is one of the most industrialised countries in

Europe. Also, at present, industry's share in GDP is one of the highest one in the European Union. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, we went through several important stages. The first was a revolutionary period of division of Czechoslovakia, the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, as was the official name of our country, into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. This division, however, was relatively quiet and friendly and represents an example of a "quiet divorce" for other countries worldwide. Since that time, the Czechs and Slovaks have the best mutual relations among themselves. On the other hand, as for our exports, especially to the more distant countries, we lost the mark Czechoslovakia. The designation "Made in Czechoslovakia" had been a mark of quality for decades not only for machinery products. The second period, the 1990s, was the period of privatisation and dramatic changes in the economy. Large industrial units have collapsed, Czechoslovakia has, for example, ceased to be a producer of a large volume of arms and related products, leaving many of the markets on which we were established. Some privati-


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The Czech Republic – the Country Where the Word "Robot" has Its Origin More than ten years ago, when the discussion was held in the Czech Republic on how to reform the research, development and innovation system and what should be done to link research and education, the Nassim Nicholas Taleb´s book called Black Swan had not been written yet. However, when the reform was finally adopted, its implementation was not meant to become a black swan, i.e. an event which is "rare, extremely important and retrospectively (though not prospective) predictable." The reform was meant to bring about a significant change and the results were considered predictable and the support from the European Structural Funds was expected to achieve those results. Yet, now it can be seen that the vast European money granted to research in the Czech Republic acted like a black swan - the likely scenarios did not materialise and the results achieved were different from those originally thought. This black swan, however, has provided the Czech Republic with an extraordinary opportunity - to become the scientific "heart of Europe", a place where people not only enjoy good living conditions, but which also offers well-equipped research institutions and excellent education at high-quality universities. Therefore, the country in the heart of Europe with a rich history, beautiful scenery, peace and tranquillity is at least worth visiting. Moreover, this country offers newly built research facilities, extremely well equipped with state of the art devices, which are ready to collaborate and share knowledge.

n SOME STATISTICS Some time ago the Czech Republic was referred to as the "country of assembly halls." Investment incentives have attracted a number of large foreign companies, which have built up largescale production capacity. The automotive industry is still the strongest sector representing more than 10 % of the Czech

automotive industry generates a large share of national GDP and employs 12 % of all employees in the manufacturing industry. Nevertheless, we have ceased to be the country of assembly halls. Large investments on research, both in the public and private sectors, have transformed the Czech Republic into the land of development

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exports. Car production binds a considered number of subcontractors from plastics, glass, rubber, and other industries. As a result, the whole

centres. It is easy to backup this affirmation from the statistics. Foreign investment in research, from foreign companies, increased threefold in ten years along with

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Investment and non-investment expenditures on R&D

the number of employees by 2.5 times. Today, the largest foreign companies employ 35 % of the researchers followed by the Czech-owned medium-sized companies. In a ten-year period, the spending of these

ever, government spending and other resources from the EU structural and investment funds play also an important role. The government funding support for basic research is particularly higher than for

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In recent years, research and development has attracted a great deal of investment - capital spending on research amounted to almost 20 % of spending in 2015, growing four times in last the 10 years, while current spending grew approximately twice.

large foreign companies on research have gone from just over CZK 7 billion to almost CZK 22 billion. The Czech Republic’s annual financial support to research represents about 2 % of GDP, which is comparable with the EU

applied research. Conversely, companies quite dominantly invest in applied research and experimental development. The number of people involved in research is growing. It is worth noting that today we are at the same level as the Eu-

expenditures in % EXPENDITURE IN % TOTAL EXPENDITURETotal - CURRENT AND CAPITAL 120.0% 100.0% 80.0% 60.0% 40.0% 20.0% 0.0% 2005

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average. Over half of the funding is paid by the private sector though, whose expenditures show the fastest growth as well (graph BES expenditure on R & D). How| 6

ropean average. Per one thousand people employed, 15 are researchers and more than 20 are additional staff in research. Basic research is mainly concentrated in

How to find research partners in the Czech Republic? The largest "signpost" for information on research organisations is the CzechInvest website, www.czechinvest.org or www. czech-research.com. Here you can find links to most of the organisations that are active in the field of research. As for state programmes through which research is supported, information is available on the websites of those ministries or other organisations that provide funding. The programmes are open to all EU actors. The most important providers are the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (www.msmt.cz), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (www.mpo.cz), the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, which supports collaborative applied research (www.tacr.cz) and the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, which supports basic research (www.gacr.cz).

the Academy of Sciences, while applied research is more typical for universities. A total of 2 800 research centres exist in the Czech Republic, of which the vast majority are operated by companies. This total number includes 54 institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 26 public and state universities, university hospitals, 17 public research institutions and other organisations supervised by the ministries. On top of that, it also includes the newly built research infrastructures established with the received support from the European Structural Funds – 48 new research centres specialised in natural and technical sciences, medicine, nuclear research, and other fields. Long-term research is concentrated mainly in the capital city of Prague and the Moravian city of Brno (the second largest city). European funds have helped certain "equalisation of opportunities" between these two cities, since Brno was eligible to build research capacity within European money, whereas Prague was not (Prague is one of Europe's richest cities, therefore it exceeds the eligibility criteria for support according to some of the EU funds). Moreover, many centres were established near Prague and significant amounts


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Research and Development Information System There is a very detailed and publicly accessible information system for research and development available in the Czech Republic, which is currently operated at https://www.rvvi.cz. Here you can find information about entities that are active in research in the Czech Republic and obtained some support from the state funds. It is possible to get acquainted with the topics of such research as well as with results. The information system contains an overview of all state-funded research programmes. The structure of the Research and Development Information System is as follows: • CEA - Central Activity Database provides an overview of R&D support providers, R&D programmes and research entities • VES - Records of Public Procurements - gives an overview of which calls are open and which have already ended • CEP - Central Project Record - provides information on all research projects that have been funded from public funds • RIV - Results Information Register - provides information on what results have been achieved in R&D projects - Classification of results is derived from the Frascati manual • CEZ - Central Record of Research Intents - Provides information on the history of research in the Czech Republic. Until the R&D & I reform in the Czech Republic at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, funding for the development of research organisations were provided on the basis of their strategic direction formulated in the research intents. Their overview can now be found in CEZ.

of funds were invested to support research in Ostrava (the third largest city), in addition to other university towns like Olomouc, Plzeň, and České Budějovice. With some level of exaggeration, we can say that with the support of EU funds,

the Czech Republic has begun to write major private research organisations a new chapter on research and improve- and the Technical University of Ostrava Sources of R&D( VSB) financing ment in social conditions for the devel– Czech fifth largest university – opment of its regions and the country was also focused on these fields in the as a whole. past. With the support from European

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The ratio of research funding from corporate and public sources is rather balanced in the long run, even though firms invest in research by just over 50 % of resources. In recent years, the share of European Structural Funds in public spending on research has grown.

n THREE REPRESENTING STORIES

funds, the VSB has established several expenditure on R&A centres for materials reinfrastructure IT4Innovations – NationalPublic Supercomputsearch and energy and one large infraing Center The Moravia-Silesia Region is historically structure of international importance, a synonym for coal and steel. Its main IT4I, which it owns and operates, becity, Ostrava, was called in the past longs to the Top100 most powerful

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the "steel heart of the Republic". Mining, metallurgy, coal-based energy, and heavy chemistry prevailed and up until today still form a very important part of the production of this industrial region. Research, whose base lies in several

supercomputers worldwide. This new research infrastructures provide the region with completely new options. Simply saying, school now generates less miners or metallurgists and more IT crowd. 7 |


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The triangle formed among these infrastructures gives enough space for those who would like to establish research-based startups. The Central Bohemian Innovation Centre (SIC) located in the vicinity provides support to such activities. The whole area bears the common name – Star region – a region where people not only do research and develop but also live and educate themselves. As such, this place that is so close to Prague has a centripetal force. All due to new scientific work and smart management of local municipalities.

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Tax deductions on research and development The Income Tax Act (No. 586/1992 Coll., §§ 34a, 34b, 34c, 34d, 34e) allows entities taxing their income in the Czech Republic to deduct from the income tax base the cost of research carried out in their own organisation (more than doubled) as well as the cost of research services by external research organisations (for example, at http://www.czechlegislation.com/en/586-1992-sb). Although direct (subsidy) support for research from public sources is dominant in the Czech Republic, the share of indirect support through tax deductions is increasing.

Photo: www.sxc.hu

Similar to other capital cities in the world, Prague surroundings suffer from a sort of vacuum effect: Prague – home of many big companies, of at least onethird of all research potential of the Czech Republic, and of eight of the 26 Czech universities – attracts the attention of those who are interested in cutting-edge e-ducation and research. Nevertheless, the Star region – something that is somewhat similar to the Weizmann Institute in Israel – has emerged just outside of Prague in recent years. Three large research infrastructures, responding to the "challenges of the future" – projects ELI, HiLASE, and BIOCEV – have grown on the territory of several municipalities. First of these projects, ELI, is part of the European structure for examining physical background of lasers (its other parts are located in Hungary and Romania). HiLASE studies the practical applications of lasers (e.g. in 3D printing). BIOCEV is a large research centre for cellular biology and virology, functional genomics, protein and tissue engineering, biotechnology, and for the development of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The South Moravia Region was the first one to develop and adopt the Regional Innovation Strategy in 2001. Based on it and for its implementation, JIC was established afterwards. During more than 15 years the local government, the City of Brno, research organisations and universities in the region employed in R&D (HC) found their “common language” and started to work together on the development


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of the innovative potential of the Region. The result is a growing number of new successful companies, of which more than 200 technology startups and companies have gone through the JIC programme. Today, JIC is an innovative centre of European significance with three buildings, two subsidiaries, and nearly 50 employees.

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WORD "ROBOT" HAS ITS ORIGIN

The Czech Republic has a very long and rich industrial history. At present, it belongs to the European countries with the highest share of industry in national wealth (gross value added). It is therefore an opportunity for us, as well as the risk that – due to the "digitisation of everything", using the Internet, the rapid transmission of large volumes of data and processing independently at the point – the way of industrial production will change completely, which may mean a fundamental change of the way of life of people. Robotic production, decentralised energy production, autonomous

persons employed in R&D by characterization

NUMBER OF R&D WORKERS BY CHARACTERISATION 60 000 50 000 40 000 30 000 20 000

How to cooperate in research in the Czech Republic The research potential of the Czech Republic gives great opportunities for cooperation in the field of research and development. It is quite common to work at research institutes in the Czech Republic (see e.g. www.researchjobs.cz) or to invite Czech scientists abroad. Another possibility is to cooperate within projects of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic or with Czech companies or research organisations on projects of collaborative research. Such projects are supported in particular by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic through the Delta programme (www.tacr.cz) and the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (www.msmt.cz). Contract research (custom-made research) can also be commissioned in research organisations or a development workplace can be established in the Czech Republic (which can be subject to investment incentives under certain circumstances).

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R&D s ta ff Techni ca l s ta ff Other s ta ff The number of R&D workers in private research development is slightly higher than that of technic workers. spending milion)companies, where This is an ongoingCompanies process, driven by by increasing number ofon R&DR&D staff in (CZK large foreign-held this category distinctly outweighs technic workers.

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Management of R&D System in the CR MANAGEMENT OF R&D SYSTEM IN THE CR

transportation are challenges that can only technology are a natural part of this solube overcome when we are able to inno- tion. In the long term, the Czech Republic vate fundamentally to change products, is exceptionally strong in chemical sciencservices, processes, implement new ideas es, mathematics and physics. For all of this, and people´s needs. The Czech Republic´s we have our own research potential – both research institutions are well prepared for in equipment and in human resources. Apart from the potential in research or this change. Three centres with centripetal force are emerging: Prague - Smart City, industry, we have great opportunities in Brno - Silicon Valley, Ostrava - Smart Ener- other creative fields. The world knows gy. We are ready to solve everything relat- Czech artists – art group Tvrdošíjní (the ed to the new conditions of life of people Stubborn Ones), whose members were the in the 21st century, whatever is associated painter Josef Čapek, author of the word with digitisation and new energy. Research "robot" and his brother Karel Čapek, the of new materials, technologies, new fields writer who used this word for the first time R&D sites in private sector across economic sectors (CZ-NACE) of medicine, biotechnology, and nano- in 1920 in his prophetic stage play called

R&D SITES IN PRIVATE SECTOR ACROSS ECONOMIC SECTORS (CZ-NACE) 1 200

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Management of research in the Czech Republic The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports is the central state administration authority for research and development. The Czech Republic has adopted a special law to support research, Act No. 130/2002 Coll., On support for research, development and innovation. Under this law, a governmental Council for Research, Development and Innovation has been established as an advisory body that formulates governmental research and development policy, carries out evaluation of results and proposes annual budget for at support of research, development and innovation. The head of this advisory body is the Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research and Innovation. The state budget contain three separate chapters to support research – the budget chapters of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. Moreover, research at universities is supported through the Ministry of Education, research in private research organisations through the Ministry of Industry and Trade, agricultural research through the Ministry of Agriculture, and medical research through the Ministry of Health. In total, research is supported through 11 chapters of the state budget.

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R.U.R. (Rossum´s Universal Robots). Also, Laterna Magica - the world's first multi-media theatre developed in 1958 - represents a unique link between art and technology. Overall, Czech Republic is a country extremely well prepared for international cooperation in (not only) research, development and innovation. Rut Bízková Director of the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre bizkova@s-ic.cz


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Technology Agency of the Czech Republic The Czech Republic has always been the promised land of innovation, traces of which can be found across all fields of technology from holograms, nanowires, and cybernetics to astrophysics. We are the nation that invented the lightning rod, the propeller and contact lenses and also was the first to describe blood groups.

We are a nation of clever solutions and therefore we are constantly investing into the innovation environment for a better future for us all. Our country invests 2 % of GDP into R&D and over the past 7 years we have invested the most in Europe into research infrastructure. This has resulted in us currently having exclusive research capacity on a global level. This is why the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic has been established, in order to link the worlds of academia and corporate research and development and to support applied research projects and technology transfer. Our projects generate specific unique products, patents and other results that enable research results to be quickly applied into practice. Thereby, we contribute to an increase in the competitiveness of the Czech economy, which is successfully growing mainly due to domestic and foreign innovative companies. The Technology Agency of Czech Republic supports hundreds of projects worth

many hundreds of millions of crowns, which are related to the principles of Smart Life and create an environment for the progressive development of new methods and technologies to implement the upcoming Industry 4.0. This is made possible thanks to eight programmes of TACR, each of which has its own unique function and importance. A key programme for the commercialisation of research results is EPSILON, which supports projects whose results have a high potential for quick market application, or the GAMA programme, which has important implications for the verification of the results of research and development for practical application and commercial exploitation. The Competence Centres programme has been established to ensure the growth of competitiveness of the Czech Republic and to facilitate collaboration between research organisations and customers in the fields of advanced R&D. TA CR also addresses the social impact of the changes that new trends bring.

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Therefore, a new ETA programme has been established to focus on the involvement of social sciences and humanities in R&D projects that are beneficial for maintaining and improving the quality of human life in response to social, economic, globalisational, cultural, and technological changes. We want to involve as many partners as possible with the best ideas and help to change the world for the better. Therefore, we are opening up to the world, for | 12

example, through our own programme of international cooperation DELTA or our involvement in the European network of innovation agencies TAFTIE. This network allows us to share the best experiences and information from partner agencies that also support research, development and innovation. We are proud that TACR took over the imaginary sceptre of the presidency of this network and we will preside over TAFTIE for the duration of 2017.

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Photo: Biotechnology and Biomedicine Centre of the Academy of Sciences (BIOCEV); Centre for Research and Utilisation of Renewable Energy; Centrum HiLASE;

TA CR programmes n A LPHA – “smart solutions“ – sustainable transportation and protection of the environment n B ETA2 – public procurement in R&D for the needs of public administration bodies n O MEGA – “smart solutions“ in the field of applied social sciences nC  ompetence Centres – support for a long-time and sustainable collaboration between research organisations and companies n EPSILON – ministerial strategies and National priorities of applied research nG  AMA – support for the commercialisation of outputs of applied research and development nD  ELTA – support of international collaboration in applied R&D n Z ETA – promotion of equalisation of opportunities for young researchers – men and women in applied research projects n E TA – social sciences and humanities in R&D projects, quality of human life and response to dynamic social, economic, globalisational, and cultural changes n T HETA – R&D support in the energy sector with a focus on securing state supervision of nuclear safety, new technologies, and long-term technical perspective

ELI Beamliness; The Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM)

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ELI Beamliness; The Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM)

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and associated businesses concentrated in a relatively small area. All that being connected through close mutual interac-

Photo: Biocev, ELI Beamlines, Centrum HiLASE;

The region of Central Bohemia, with Prague as an integral part, is predisposed to be one of the leaders of technological research and development in the Czech Republic. Here we have a high concen-

tration of universities, research organisations and industry. In order to transform thoughts into know-how and know-how into money-generating business, we need areas of positive distinction where this process can happen more easily and naturally than elsewhere. On the south side of Prague, such a place is being created and is currently thriving. We call it STAR – which stands for Science Technology Advanced Region. On an area of 6 sq.km, we have managed to put together leading research institutes, technology companies, innovation-supporting organisations, high-quality infrastructure, as well as enthusiastic people. I like long-term projects and bold visions. I am convinced that STAR is on its way to becoming a successful science & technology cluster of international importance, a cluster of R&D institutions

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tion, sharing and information exchange. Just in two years, we have become an area of the highest concentration of research programmes and companies specialising in biomedicine, biotechnology, as well as lasers and material sciences.

We have managed to attract hundreds of millions of euros in public funding. Now we are aiming to attract hundreds of millions of euros in private investments; only the right proportion of both resources will create the “explosive“ mixture. I am

looking forward to the STAR big bang and I invite your institution or company to join the process. Ing. Věslav Michalik, CSc. Chairman of the Management Board Science Technology Advanced Region michalik@star-cluster.cz

Věslav Michalik (*1963) graduated from the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering at CTU in Prague and received his doctorate in nuclear and particle physics. He worked as a scientific worker at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He completed long-term professional stays in Russia, France, and Germany and has published dozens of articles in scientific journals. Later, he worked in various top managerial positions in banking. He is currently the mayor of Dolní Břežany and a councilmen of the Central Bohemian Region for the Regional Development.

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The Association of Research Organisations (AVO) AVO is the only organisation in the Czech Republic representing applied research. Founded in 1993, AVO has more than 80 members (mainly SMEs) with more than 8 000 researchers. AVO's key role is to promote Czech applied research, development and innovations at both national and international levels and help to bring the R&D results into business.

MAP OF AVO MEMBERS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Asociace výzkumných organizací The Association of Research Organisations Address Novodvorska 994, 142 21 Prague, Czech Republic

E-mail avo@avo.cz

Source: AVO

Web www.avo.cz Social media www.avobloguje.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/science2S www.twitter.com/AVOtweetuje www.youtube.com/AVOvidea

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COMTES FHT a.s. Průmyslova 995 334 41 Dobřany Tel: +420 377 197 311 E-mail: comtes@comtes.cz www.comtesfht.com

COMTES FHT a.s. is a privately-owned research organisation. The mission of the company is to provide highly specialised services in the field of R&D of metallic materials. Its main focus is the development of new metallic materials and technologies for their processing. In terms of metal processing technologies, the organisation focuses on research into forming and heat treatment. COMTES FHT a.s. offer services worldwide. Priority markets include countries of the European Union, predominantly Germany and Austria.

Photo: The Association of Research Organisations (AVO); COMTES FHT a.s.

Telephone +420 239 041 998


Photo: The Association of Research Organisations (AVO); COMTES FHT a.s.

CZECH BUSINESS AND TRADE

MATERIAL & METALLURGICAL RESEARCH, Ltd. Pohranični 963/31 Vitkovice, 703 00 Ostrava Tel: +420 595 956 029 E-mail: jaroslav.pindor@mmvyzkum.cz www.mmvyzkum.cz

MATERIAL & METALLURGICAL RESEARCH Ltd. is a research organisation founded in 1946. The basic mission and strategic plan of the company is to provide the research, development, technical and technological innovations, and service in the field of metallurgy and materials engineering in order to contribute to increase the competitiveness of Czech industry. Experimental and production facilities are concentrated in the testing laboratory No.1300, accredited by the Czech Accreditation Inspection, in non-accredited laboratories and a pilot workshop. The company has bilateral cooperation with research centres and industrial partners in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, China, France, Poland, Serbia, Japan, Slovakia, and the Netherlands.

SVÚM joint stock company Tovární 2053 250 88 Čelákovice Tel: +420 326 509 014 E-mail: svum@svum.cz www.svum.cz

SVUM is a joint stock company established in 1994. The former National Research Institute for Materials in Prague was founded in 1949. SVUM has gradually developed into a leading center of research in the field of metallic materials, plastics, and testing. The company is a private research organisation whose main activity is research and development of metals, polymers, and composites and material properties testing in accredited laboratories.

VÚTS, a.s. Svarovska 619 Liberec XI – Růžodol I 460 01 Liberec Tel: +420 485 301 111 E-mail: vuts@vuts.cz www.vuts.cz

The company VUTS, a.s., was founded in 1951. During its existence, it became wellknown in global mechanical engineering, especially with its unique invention of jet weaving method, many patents for openend spinning, nonwovens production technology, and a range of textile machines and other equipment. Since the mid-90s, the company diversifies its activities and with special focus also on the outside of the textile industry, it strongly orientates itself on the area of machinery for the manufacturing industry. Its current principal activity is the implementation of R&D work aimed at the development of theoretical knowledge and its direct use in industrial applications.

Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o. Tylova 1581/46 301 00 Plzeň Tel: +420 379 852 275 E-mail: vyzkum@vzuplzen.cz www.vzuplzen.cz

Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o. (further referred to as VZU Plzeň) offers a wide range of services in the field of R&D and accredited testing. It is able to solve complex research orders and projects comprising computer modelling of a problem, testing in accredited testing laboratories, and performing measurements on products under the operational conditions. The accredited laboratories offer more than 250 test methods. VZU Plzeň renders services to almost 400 customers from both the Czech Republic and abroad every year. R&D and testing is provided especially to these sectors: classical and nuclear power engineering, transport industry, metallurgy, heavy, mechanical, and material, engineering. 17 |


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CzechInvest Agency has been supporting collaboration between scientists and the commercial sector on a long-term basis. Its R&D Promotion Department offers consulting services and the seeking out of potential research partners. It is a point of contact for collaboration with other actors in the R&D support system and organises events serving as a platform for finding and striking up international and domestic partnerships between universities and research organisations and the private sphere. Part of CzechInvest´s strategy is to raise the added value of investments and the technological level of the Czech Republic. The Agency also supports technology transfer in the area of space technology application and start-ups in the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Prague.s.

In December 2016, CzechInvest launched its website czech-research.com. Through this professional communication channel, CzechInvest intends to attract high-value-added investments to the Czech Republic. The new Czech research and development web portal enables a better linkage with high-tech investments that will raise the competitiveness of the Czech Republic. Its English language sites provide coherent information about the Czech scientific and | 18

technical environment, interesting workplaces and possibilities of obtaining support for research and development in the Czech Republic. Foreign interested parties will find a choice of useful facts there, with references to other relevant sources. In the past few years, thanks to the EU Structural Funds, the Czech Republic has built a vast infrastructure for research and development within the framework of the EU Research and Development for Innovation Operational Programme, which helps towards raising the country´s competitiveness and its knowledge-based economy orientation. Some EUR 1.5 billion has been invested in 21 Czech towns within the framework of 48 projects to build modern centres. These regional R&D and excellence centres together form a unique whole, with complementary expertise in forward-looking, technologically advanced sectors. From the very beginning, international research collaboration has been regarded as an important part of the activities of those centres to which CzechInvest Agency contributes its share by seeking out potential international partners and investors trying to find a base for their research activities. For this purpose, it organises technological missions to foreign destinations. This involves the organisation of specifically oriented delegations, composed of representatives of research organisations and innovative firms presenting the Czech Republic as a technologically advanced country with all the prerequisites for col-

laboration in the development of new technologies and the potential of industrial application. The missions reflect the long-standing need for broader internationalisation of Czech research, focusing on forward-looking sectors in which the Czech Republic has much to offer. They differ from traditional business missions in the emphasis they place on seeking longterm R&D partnerships advantageous to all involved parties. For example, in 2016 representatives of CzechInvest took part in a mission to Estonia, focusing on cybernetic safety and e-Government. In Columbia, they gathered experience in the area of Smart Cities and in Japan, sought contacts among robotic firms. CzechInvest has databases containing all important data on research in the Czech Republic and it systematically supports the dialogue between the industrial and academic spheres, e.g. by organising seminars concerning research and its future targeting. The Agency has a comprehensive survey of all research projects supported by public money and their results, as well as of the support providers and their programmes, data concerning international collaboration projects in the area of research and development, and a survey of research facilities existing in the Czech Republic, in addition to other information. In 2017, the Agency is focusing its interest on areas such as Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and cybernetic safety, which are among the current main technological trends.

Photo: CzechInvest

CzechInvest Links Czech R&D with Other Countries through Its Unique Website: czech-research.com


Photo: CzechInvest

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BioVendor:

Targeted Diagnostics Is the First Step in an Effective Therapy BioVendor is a global biotechnology company bringing new insights into diagnostics and biomarker research. BioVendor’s success story is associated with our focus on continuous improvement of laboratory diagnostics to provide doctors with invaluable tools for determining the best possible treatment. Our pioneering products and methods are recognized by international biomedical researchers in top-ranking academic institutions and used in the pharmaceutical industry where they contribute to new therapeutic developments. Offering hope to patients in the battle against disease is our mission.

BioVendor is an internationally operating group with its own R&D and manufacturing capabilities; its synergistic portfolio allows us to serve professionals from biomedical research, clinical diagnostics, infection serology, veterinary diagnostics and food analysis. The BioVendor Research and Diagnostic Products division has specialized in immunoassay kits for the detection of novel protein biomarkers, related antibodies and recombinant proteins soon after the first publications describing them. The strength of this strategy has been demonstrated by worldwide interest in many these commercial assays. Recently we are also focusing on new cuttingedge topics – miRNA biomarkers, liquid biopsy, exosome isolation, and immunodiagnostic multiplexing and automation. BioVendor is a respected partner of many university teams collaborating in research projects funded by the EU or local governments. miRNAs are small, non-coding RNA molecules found in humans, animals, plants and some viruses which are playing an important regulatory role in the gene translation. miRNAs are involved in virtually all physiologic processes and are new and promising potential biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis of many diseases. Development of miRNA diagnostic assays is just the first step; our mission is to provide validated kits to measure diagnostically relevant miRNAs, supported with tools for standardized sample collection, miRNA isolation, and pretreatment. BioVendor’s miREIA is a novel, patented, immunoassay-based method of miRNA quantification which involves hybridization of miRNA isolated from a patient sample to a complementary biotinylated DNA oligonucleotide probe followed by immunodetection with a monoclonal antibody specific to perfectly matched DNA/miRNA hybrids.

BioVendor − Laboratorni medicina a.s., Karasek 1767/1, 621 00 Brno, Czech Republic Phone: +420 549 124 185, Fax: +420 549 211 460 E-mail: info@biovendor.com • www.biovendor.com

Becoming a multinational group Established in the Czech Republic

1992

Operating directly

6 countries

R&D facilities

5

Industrial sites

4

Turnover 2016

38.6 mil. €

Unique protein biomarkers Leptin – the first protein hormone secreted by fat tissue discovered AFABP – a biomarker for prediction of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in relation to diabetes and metabolic syndrome Serum uromodulin – a sensitive and specific biomarker of nephropathy

“MicroRNA biomarkers bring a revolution in clinical diagnostics” miRNA biomarkers in a pipeline Cardiovascular disease

Alzheimer disease

Colorectal cancer

Stroke

Rheumatoid arthritis

Metabolic disorders

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