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Mar 29th, 2012
UK’s TSB does not keep photonics as one of the seven dedicated “Catapult” centers
No 'technology and innovation center' dedicated to UK photonics, but £10 M will be re-allocated to a new support program.
Neither photonics nor sensor systems has won selection as one of the seven dedicated “Catapult” centers that are being set up by the UK government to promote technology innovation and commercialization in the country. The two technology areas had been shortlisted as candidates for a new, dedicated physical center as part of a selection process that kicked off more than a year ago. But, following a consultation period that began last summer, the UK Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB’s) selection of “future cities” and “transport systems” as the final two Catapult centers was revealed in the UK's coalition government’s 2012 budget announcement on March 21. The decision confirms speculation in early January that hopes for a photonics Catapult were fading, partly through a lack of high-profile backing from industry.
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