In today’s unchartered business climate we have been hearing a lot about innovation and collaboration as ways to stimulate and revive the economy in the short term and also unearth breakthroughs that are still being talked about decades from now. To actually see attempts at making these concepts of innovation and collaboration more tangible all you have to do is look at the skyline. New century cities, science parks and megaparks, as they are referred to, are the hottest fad—sprouting up across the US in every city and state with a university and throughout developing nations around the world. Whatever the focus (they are geared to specific industries ranging from biotechnology to advanced materials to medical services), the trend is to nurture living, breathing communities rather than sterile, remote compounds of research silos.
As an innovation catalyst that provides a vibrant, online community to enable universities, companies and entrepreneurs with the ability to connect, collaborate and license tomorrow’s research, products and services, the iBridge Network feels this concept of communities, or “forums” as we refer to them, are key to spurring innovation among researchers, universities, companies and entrepreneurs. We understand the value of working with today’s leading universities and companies to create easily accessible online forums that replicate and surpass the concrete and glass centers of innovation, provide specialized content by industry and enable collaboration and innovation without the financial or infrastructure investment. By creating these forums online as a part of our well established network, ideas and research can be easily shared with potential partners across the US and around the globe—with the goal of turning today’s ideas into tomorrow’s products and services.