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[Videos] What you need to know about ideXlab’s Open Innovation platform


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:

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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.

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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.



Charles Leadbeater, a researcher at the London think tank Demos, gave an insightful talk at TED TALK on collaborative innovation and the role of the consumers in it.  He starts his talk by giving an example of how the mountain bike, which is now around a 58 $ Billion business, was created by frustrated bike users from north California who mixed and matched parts from motorcycle and traditional bikes.

He argues that, when the internet  combines  with passionate consumers  who are knowledgeable, who have the incentive to innovate and have the right tools, you get an explosive collaborative innovation network.

Creativity is evolving from a place  with special people  in special places e.g RnD centers in the middle of nowhere who finally drop their ideas in a pipe line  to consumers who are passive.  Now the ideas are flowing back up the pipeline and are usually ahead of the producers. Most creativity, nowadays is cumulative and collaborative  e.g Wikipedia is a collaborative innovation network in itself.

There is a struggle between the closed organisational forms and the open organisational forms.  Before,  the old were doing everything possible to stop the open  organisational forms from proceeding  because they were threatened by them. But now  we see  many organisations moving towards the open model of collaborative innovation.

[tweetherder]Open models multiply the productive resources turning users into consumers, the  consumers into designers[/tweetherder].

Watch the whole talk at:  http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_leadbeater_on_innovation#t-840250

Collaborative innovation: do we collaborate or cooperate?

The past couple of years have seen the concept of open innovation evolve in specific ways. With aspects like collaborative innovation being born today, enterprises have adopted these new trends and taken full advantage of them. Since ancient times, man has always realized that working together is something very valuable. However, one question that is still being deliberated when it comes to open innovation is whether to ‘collaborate’ or ‘cooperate’.

In the modern society, one thing that can’t be disputed is the importance of collaborative innovation. The stories of lone geniuses are rare as the majority of innovations that happen today are the result of collaborations. Most spectacular innovations are accomplished through collaborative innovation work, think of Airbus aircrafts involving three main companies in three different countries, of wireless technologies as 3G being designed by a forum of tens of companies or even the internet.

Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs) were conceptualized and studied by Peter Gloor (MIT Mgt school) in an article in 2006. They are the principles of many national or transnational initiatives (as the European funded collaborative projects).

So what exactly is the difference?

Collaborative innovation is an iterative process whereby two or more parties that share similar goals combine their expertise to make their objectives come true. Goals are realized through knowledge sharing, learning and connecting pieces of innovation together.

Cooperation is different from collaboration as with cooperation, the parties involved act or work together while working on selfish yet common goals. Cooperations may take form of joint-ventures or shared R&D labs where the parties contribute mostly with similar expertise. It can also take the form of the incorporation of innovations from one party into the product of another (problem solving open innovation). The cooperating parties will often share the rewards of the innovation but through a single way to market and a single revenue stream.

While cooperation based open innovation is often a temporary situation where one party integrates contributions and controls the product and commercialization, collaborative innovation involves more than this. Since the whole idea with collaboration is about achieving a single goal, the relationship involves the entities putting in sufficient resources and competencies that are complementary rather than competitive.

Obviously, collaborative innovation projects are more complex to organize, control and measure but the results can benefit several companies businesses, multiplying the ROI. On the other side focused cooperations and open innovation projects serve a common goal, they are much easier to manage.

Regarding IPRs open innovation projects often involve one party granting licences or even selling patents to another, whereas colloborative innovation projects involve sharing new inventions between the partners and granting a right to use on the necessary background IP.