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Technology Response Network (TRN): Offers and requests

The Technology Response Network (TRN) is an initiative under SPRINT, the Community's specific programme for innovation and technology transfer (1989-1993). The network supports technology transfer by circulating details of offers and requests made by users who require particul...
The Technology Response Network (TRN) is an initiative under SPRINT, the Community's specific programme for innovation and technology transfer (1989-1993). The network supports technology transfer by circulating details of offers and requests made by users who require particular technological expertise or who have specific services to offer. A catalogue of TRN information is available covering the third quarter of 1993.

At present, over 200 users in 30 countries make direct use of TRN. Recently joining the network, the 85 Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) organized within the framework of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network has contributed significantly to the increase in professional and geographical coverage.

With the increase in the number of direct users, the exposure given to a technology offer or request is multiplied many times. Several TRN users have also taken the opportunity to sign a selective agreement with the database organizer, the European Association for the Transfer of Technologies, Innovation and Industrial Information (TII) permitting their information to be rediffused to third parties through newsletters, data-banks, specialized press etc. While it is impossible to account for the precise number of "end users" in these circumstances, rediffusion is without doubt of considerable benefit for all network members. It has fostered an expansion of technology transfer business for those network members who take advantage of it, and renders circulation of offers and requests even more cost-effective.

The TRN Catalogue of Offers and Requests, Volume VIII, is now available. It lists entries into the Technology Response Network made during July-September 1993. These are indexed on the basis of the TII technology classification (described in an annex to the catalogue), enabling users to search in specific areas of technology.

The first part of the publication contains profiles of industrially relevant technology offers, the second part sets out highly specific technology requests. All currently valid TRN entries are included, while an indexing system marks those entries made since the last catalogue was published.

The next volume of the TRN Catalogue is scheduled for publication towards the end of 1993.

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