Syngenta, Bayer Try ‘Open Innovation’ to Find Next Big Agtech Idea


Agriculture is a more technical business than many people realize. Consider modern farm equipment: A John Deere tractor today contains more lines of code than a Boeing 747 jetliner, according to Syngenta’s Rick DeRose.

Syngenta, Bayer Try ‘Open Innovation’ to Find Next Big Agtech Idea


Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World

European Commission publishes vision on the three O’s

Research and innovation are a key component for numerous thematic policies of the European Commission. For example, it is central to the Digital Single Market as it permits industry to benefit from new digital technologies while also creating new jobs and economic growth. At the same time, a flourishing and innovative research community in Europe is a necessity to fulfil the EU’s ambitions on green energy and climate change reduction. In order to ensure that Europe’s research community continues to be at the frontier of innovation and be able to fulfil these needs, the European Commission has set out three goals – Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World –for the upcoming years.

President Obama Honored by Berkeley-Haas for Global Leadership in Open Innovation

President Obama

The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business honored US President Barack Obama with the Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Open Innovation at the World Open Innovation Conferenceheld at ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, today (Dec. 16, 2016).


What is Open Innovation?

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Author: Jiyoon Ahn, edited by: Inês Barreiros

Open innovation is a term coined by Professor Henry Chesbrough, who defined it as “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively.” Until the early 21st century, most innovation was ‘closed’, which was based on the belief that internal resources are the most reliable and trustworthy, and that closed doors would distance competitors. Over the past couple of decades, more businesses have been opening up their product development process to external ideas from suppliers, independent inventors, and academic researchers.