Abu Dhabi: The primary organization authorized to mould Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research and Development ecosystem; Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) has unveiled its commercialization wing VentureOne which will expedite the introduction of innovative research solutions to market and monetise all IP being generated at Technology Innovation Institute (TII)’s centres and beyond.
Coincide with ATRC’s first anniversary celebrations, the Council also added three more specialised advanced technology research centres for Propulsion, Alternative Energy, and Biotechnology. These three centres are expected to add value to an already thriving advanced technology ecosystem in the emirate while strengthening its credibility as a preferred research and development hub that attracts global experts and nurtures local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent to carry out ground-breaking research.
ATRC’s latest initiative, VentureOne is expected to support IP creation, strengthen the start-up ecosystem, and enhance market viability of the research breakthroughs to ensure that they go mainstream and impact the broadest cross-section of the global population.
PROPULSION RESEARCH CENTRE
With the UAE offering considerable priority to aerospace and space sectors, ATRC’s Propulsion Research Centre is engaged in technologies that enable aerial vehicles to increase performance with regard to speed and range, fuel efficiency, emissions, noise, landing field length and handling.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE
Meanwhile, as the impact of climate change reaches critical levels, the Alternative Energy Research Centre is focused on enabling water security and ensuring improved and varied tech applications.
BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE
Based on the experiences of the last two years, the Biotechnology Research Centre is engaged in strengthening the UAE’s research and development capabilities in genetic engineering, biomaterials, and autonomous devices, to name a few core areas. The breakthrough solutions the centre is working on will add immense value in the food and agriculture as well as healthcare sectors.
“There was initial scepticism about the ability of a young entity to achieve what many established research hubs have been unable to do – attract global talent and patent breakthrough solutions right here to give the country greater autonomy in the advanced technology space,” Mr. Al Bannai further added.
The ATRC Secretary-General observed that the Council’s growth plans for TII, its applied research pillar, and ASPIRE, its programme management pillar as well as their entities, are well aligned with the UAE’s Principles of the 50 and Projects of the 50 that aim to make the nation’s economy one of the best and most dynamic in the world.
ATRC’s technology programme management pillar, ASPIRE recently introduced the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge’s Maritime Grand Challenge 2023. The competition will bring together universities, research institutions and individual innovators from all over the world to collaborate on finding a practical solution to global maritime security challenges such as illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling, and human trafficking.