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August 17, 2008
ILP Communications
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ILP Helps British Telecom Capitalize on Ecology of Ideas at MIT and Beyond

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One of Europe’s leading telecommunications companies, British Telecom has provided essential communication and IT products, services, and solutions to its customers for nearly a century. In order to keep its high tech offerings on the cutting edge and to identify new business opportunities, BT has long collaborated with researchers at universities such as MIT. During the nineties, the company established in-depth relationships with the Media Lab, the MIT Program on Internet and Telecoms Convergence, the Sloan School’s Center for e-Business at MIT, and other MIT organizations. By 2000, BT’s R&D arm, BTexact, sought to tap into an even wider base of skills and interests across campus, but wanted to do so systematically.

February 29, 2008
ILP Communications
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Igniting New Developments at International Paper

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The synergies were unmistakable. At the Industrial Liaison Program’s 1998 Research Directors’ Conference, International Paper research and development director Bruce Lyne recognized several links between MIT research activities and potential products and business opportunities for his company. Soon after, International Paper joined the ILP and began to capitalize on those opportunities. ILP-arranged meetings with MIT researchers sparked several joint research projects, new product developments, and consulting relationships with MIT faculty. “Since we joined, the ILP has alerted us to new enabling technologies and introduced us to business concept innovations,” says Lyne.

November 15, 2007
ILP Communications
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Boosting Innovation and Public Relations at Telecom Italia

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For more than a decade, the Industrial Liaison Program has helped Telecom Italia, Italy’s leading telecommunications provider, track potentially critical technological innovations. Throughout this period, ILP staff has facilitated ongoing and ad hoc meetings between the company’s research and development arm CSELT and MIT researchers. “Telecom Italia has always paid particular attention to universities and innovation centers,” says Roberto Saracco, who directs CSELT’s Communications Area. “But today MIT is the main international one we’re still connected with. They conduct a broad set of research and business-oriented activities relevant to our needs.”

October 4, 2007
ILP Communications
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Technology Licensing Permits Japan Steel Works to Launch a New Plastics Manufacturing Product

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Japan Steel Works (JSW), a leading manufacturer of high grade quality steel, and industrial and plastics processing machinery, puts the information and knowledge it acquires at MIT to real use in new product development.

April 17, 2007
ILP Communications
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Partnering for Success with Mars, Incorporated

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In the late 90s, strategic planners at Mars, Incorporated sought outside expertise to expand the company’s research and development capabilities. Looking to tap into MIT’s vast resources, they joined the Industrial Liaison Program. “Since then, the ILP has been very responsive, expeditiously setting up appointments with researchers and proactively anticipating our needs,” says John Helferich, Vice President of research and development at Mars. “This is a unique relationship which provides a comprehensive overview for all the help we were looking for, and more.”