Carol David Daniel (pictured), head of technology transfer and commercialisation in the enterprise office, City University, London, is writing in a personal capacity.

It still beggars belief that the establishment cannot see the obvious failings in its own strategies.

When I worked in industry many years ago, the UK was awash with corporate research and development (R&D) labs that mainly did D, including Ferranti, STL, Plessey, Marconi. I worked for GEC Hirst Research for a number of years and GEC had several specialist centres or labs. All are now gone.

So what is UK plc’s strategy? For iniversity research to pick up the…

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