Academics from both sides of the Channel gathered in Cambridge to thrash out ways to turn technological ideas into business boosts.
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The Anglo-French Roundtable brought together government, industrialists and academics from England and France to share and develop ways of transferring technology from the academic to the commercial world.
The conference was organised by the French Embassy to the UK, the Science and Technology Service and the UK Patent Office.
The meeting was opened by Pierre Valla of the Ministry of Economy France and Ron Marchant, Director of Patents at the Patent Office.
Mr Marchent said: 'In a knowledge economy the contribution of university research becomes increasingly important to the economic well-being of society.
'At the same time it enables universities to receive reward for the intellectual property created by their work, so as to sustain and enhance further research.'
Speakers at the conference included David Secher, director of research services at Cambridge University, Richard Blackmore of British Technology Group and Christine Nora of Paris University.
The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.