From predicting epidemics and helping to cure diseases to improving quality of life and identifying drug targets, big data is driving healthcare innovation forward.

To capitalize on this potential, a new open innovation project has been launched to help improve heart health diagnosis.
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According to the Prince of Wales, plastic in the world’s oceans is a “growing ecological and human disaster”.  He was speaking at the launch of a huge open innovation initiative to tackle this environmental menace.

His words follow a report by the Dame Ellen MacArthur Foundation that if solutions are not found, the world’s oceans will contain more plastics than fish, by weight by the year 2050.
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In an interview with The Nikkei, a daily financial newspaper, Honda Motor’s President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo talked about the importance of open innovation to his company.

Among its principle reasons for reaching out to external sources of expertise is to continue to be competitive and to prevent complacency from settling in.
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Innovation matters and can propel companies and organizations to new heights.  But taking innovative leaps forward and being responsive to or leading change can be fraught with difficulties.

In its recently published Innovation Matters report, UK-based PA Consulting Group provided four actionable insights to help companies get innovation right.
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Big data has a huge role to play in innovation.  Making it more freely available can create fresh new insights that lead to novel solutions and products.

To make it easier for European startups and SMEs to take advantage of big data’s potential, a new European-funded open innovation project, led by Southampton University has been launched.  It’s called Data Pitch.
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