ideXlab: a worldwide Open Innovation platform providing multiple services
Using an Open Innovation platform can improve your technology intelligence and accelerate innovation within your company by offering access to the right experts and knowledge at any time. ideXlab provides as a multi-service platform the opportunity to leverage the scientific community. On ideXlab’s platform you can find companies, experts and acadamics researchers. You can also analyse hundreds of millions of publications and patents.
Thanks to a dedicated algorithm, the platform allows users to:
- Search and analyse publications and patents
- Store your researches and structure them with a simple “map mind” view
- Find, identify and rank experts relevant to your needs within among 10 million identified individuals or companies.
ideXlab’s platform connects in a simple way technical questions and their solutions. The platform’s cross-industries approach helps define the state-of-the-art of specific scientific, technical, or marketing innovations. Discover in this short video the story of the platform:
Create, store and exchange: a unique Open Innovation platform
In this second video you will go more deeply in platform’s functionalities, simplicity and search potential. It shows a use case related to ceramic parts additive manufacturing.
This case illustrate searching for new technology to improve the manufacturing of ceramics parts by using new additive manufacturing techniques or by using substitute materials.
The Open Innovation platform’s added value comes from its capability to combine users’ needs within “four S” actions:
- Search: find any publication, patent or expert linked to subjects your company is interested in, thanks to ideXlab’s search engine
- Structure: the platform allow to store previous searches and help structure the acquired knowledge
- Save: thanks to a storage space you can create your own bibliography
- Share: last but not least, ideXlab’s Open Innovation platform allows you to share and exchange with other colleagues you findings
If you are ready to try Open Innovation and identify the best experts to solve your technical question, you can start now and open a trial account that includes 10 search credits on our website.
Open Innovation Practice – Which option to choose?
When an answer to a question cannot be found internally, when the company has opted for outsourcing, what is the best way to deliver that answer, what are the best options for finding this outsourced solution?
o Is it necessary to ask the market intelligence or scouting teams (if they exist)?
o Or should the project manager be sent to a few conferences?
o Maybe Google is the best way forward?
o Or would an external consultant be more effective?
o Is it better to address the question to experts or ask as many people as possible (the crowd)?
o Is LinkedIn an option?
o What about open innovation platforms?
Three families of approaches can be identified: doing oneself / DIY, using a consultant, or going through a platform; One can also consider that two main sources of ideas can be mobilized.
In this Guide, you will discover the list of options to consider, their pros and cons, how to choose the best Open Innovation approach for your company, and a practical way forward.
Participative innovation: a powerful lever for value creation
Marking a break with « Closed Innovation » and its long gone paradigm that enabled the multinational companies to internalise their R&D resources and establish their technological supremacy, Open Innovation revolves around a new type of process for companies.
To face today’s professional environment’s metamorphosis, where experts become more mobile every day, universities have an increasing role in the business world, and there are more and more research labs, companies crucially need to turn to alternative innovation processes.
Participative innovation in a company prescribes the use of internal and external resources and knowledge, so as to increase the research and development’s productivity and efficiency.
What are the 8 crucial dimensions of participative innovation to take into account for your company?
The process of participative innovation, as a profound transformation, impacts every level of the company, from its high-level strategy to its funding mechanisms and human resources. Open Innovation first of all deeply modifies the internal objectives of the company. This new shift in its paradigm even transforms the way enterprises deal with their market: they have to define new goals to reach and renew their communication process, externally as well as internally.
But many more questions of various complexity levels arise when a company enters the world of Open Innovation. Those questions include:
• Which new resources should I recruit?
• What are consequences of participative innovation on my R&D budget?
• Which tools are crucial to implement this new model?
In this White Paper, through the explanation of various concepts concerning participative innovation, you will discover the way internal process of a company will be affected by this new lever of growth. You will also understand why and how to renew your organisation, and the way your company’s ecosystem functions as a whole.
Many companies have evolved from a closed-innovation model to Open Innovation, and have made the most of their networks to satisfy their need for innovation. Is collective knowledge a prerequisite for Open Innovation today? Let’s discover the concept of co-development!
Co-development, from the idea of the product to its production
Co-development is inseparable with Open Innovation. This concept relies on experts and skilled workers from all horizons collaborating all together, but also on a common goal directing the collaborative development of a project. Co-development can be set up at any level of technological growth, from the conceptualisation of the product to its production or methods of distribution. But isn’t sharing for growing a utopia?
Is co-development a relevant solution for all industries?
Don’t be mistaken: collective innovation isn’t as foggy as it may seem at first. In fact, it can apply to any industrial sector in search for innovation. When knowledge passes from one industry’s hand to another’s, it can indeed be a great source of inspiration and growth to both sectors.
In this ebook, you’ll discover 6 very concrete examples of Open Innovation and co-development strategies that performed brilliantly. These innovative success stories take place in the context of various technical problematic, such as:
• Improving bread crispness
• Assessing the application of new materials to electronic enclosures
• Preparing titanium surfaces and composite parts by dry processing
• Seeking a safe and controlled exothermic reaction
• Designing a contactless braking system
• Conceiving a guiding system for autonomous vehicles
In an economy of knowledge, it seems essential to be able to protect our industrial properties. Intellectual Property titles are the key for a company’s development and constitute a shield in case of industrial conflict. On the other hand Open Innovation seems to rely on a sharing and exchange, which threatens the company’s safety…
Intellectual Property Rights and Open Innovation in business: from exclusivity to complementarity?
Intellectual Property, and particularly the industrial one, has many advantages, including the submission of patents to protect your creations. As the Worldwide Intellectual Property Organization says, the patents enable your business to:
• Establish exclusive rights allowing your company to use this innovation during 20 years, but also to concede or sell this license to a third legal entity
• Take a stronger position on the market and a give a power of negotiation by reducing the competition on this market and concluding more cross-licensing agreements
• Increase the reputation of your company, as it will be recognized for its ability to innovate and develop new products or services
Open Innovation in my company: it works!
Innovating in business thanks to Open Innovation is easy if you accept its notion of sharing. Nowadays, one notices an innovation freeze in new technologies due to an excessive manipulation of Intellectual Property. Indeed, the WIPO observed in 2015 a record in terms of patent submissions with 2.9 millions handing-in.
As a company, Open Innovation system raises many questions, such as :
• How can I protect my business and products without Intellectual Property titles?
• Is my company weakened when sharing a license or an Intellectual Property title?
Discover in this White Paper how Open Innovation platforms can answer your questions thanks to an anonymous process, avoiding risks of knowledge loss. Companies that want to launch their products more quickly on the market can’t rely on their own property of their internal resources anymore. On the contrary, they must accumulate opportunities!