In all, since 2012, a total of 66 companies from countries in the Baltic Sea region have applied for free experiment time.

“The result exceeds our expectations by far.” comments, Dr. Uwe Sassenberg, Project Director Science Link. “This is of course a very positive outcome for the project. Conclusions that can be drawn from the results are: Small and Medium Enterprises do need the financial support and scientific expertise offered by the project, this is key for the companies to access the resources. The supporting infrastructure and services that Science Link has created, i.e. a common interface towards the industry, serves both partners extremely well and thirdly, there is a demand and willingness from the industry to acquire more access to research infrastructures.”

The industry categories with most applications are:
1. Construction and Engineering
2. Materials Science and Nanotechnology
3. Life Science and Biotechnology
The Home and Personal Care industry only had two applicants. See pie chart.

Swedish companies make 33% of the applications. Poland comes in second place with 21% and Finland and Lithuania share third place with each 9%, while a smaller percentage of applicants are from the remaining countries in the Baltic Sea Region.

As a next step companies that have been approved for access and beam time will engage in consultations with the Industrial Liaison Officer at the chosen neutron or synchrotron facility in order to prepare and perform their experiments.

Pie chart Science Link, Number of applications per Industry, 2012-2013, call 1-3.

For further information please visit www.science-link.eu or contact:
Dr. Uwe Sassenberg, Project Director Science Link, uwe.sassenberg@desy.de, telephone
+49 176 420 221 12 or María Fernanda Bocángel, Communication Manager Science Link, mariaf.bocangel@skane.com telephone, +46 768 870 257

Science Link is a network between leading research facilities of photon and neutron sources and their users. The project aims to support and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region. Apart from the research facilities, the network also includes scientific institutes, universities and regional organisations that serve as service and promoting units. Science Link is part-financed by the European Union (Baltic Sea Region program) and involves 17 partners from 8 countries during the project period 2012 to 2014.

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