Event Date/Time: Oct 17, 2002 End Date/Time: Oct 17, 2002
Registration Date: Oct 05, 2002
Early Registration Date: Aug 15, 2002
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The French American Innovation Day is organized yearly in Boston by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy. The event's goal is twofold:

Promote Research and Innovation in areas where our two countries share a competitive advantage
Foster French American cooperation between laboratories and companies
This year the event will focus on Photonics and will adress both scientific issues and industrial applications. Some of the best French and American scientists in this matter (MIT, Boston University…) will present scientific breakthroughs which might bring disruptive technologies on the market. Major leading corporations will give their vision on how they anticipate the impact of these new technologies and fast growing start-up firms will demonstrate that, in these times of uncertainty for the telecommunication industry, innovation is more than ever essential to succeed on the market. Networking events will give an opportunity to the participants to meet new partners in laboratories, industrial firms, venture capital, incubators…


The event is hosted by the Photonics Center at Boston University. The center was opened in June 1997 to implement a new model of university-industry collaboration. The strategic vision of the Photonics Center is the identification, development, and commercialization of disruptive photonics technologies through the joining of commercial needs and technological advances within an entrepreneurial environment. The Photonics Center 235,000 square feet facility houses 17 different laboratories and a business incubator configured for 14 photonics start-up companies.