In your opinion, what does it take to get a research result into the market, apart from ingenious ideas?
Templ — The research result must, of course, address a current or future need. But timing is also very important. It is clear that a research result can be available too late and can be overtaken by reality. It may be much more surprising that the opposite is also true: if the result is available too early, the market may not be ready yet and so the research may »disappears into the drawer«. In addition, research results should have the potential for commercial implementation. This includes the identification of an industrial partner who will take over the commercialization. In the case of hardware, there must be a possibility of profitable series production and the guarantee of reliability over the course of the service life.
Mikulla — We already have such a successful cooperation today. But I fully agree with Mr. Templ: the timing for market entry and, accordingly, for the research and development work that precedes it is absolutely important. To stick to the 5G example, the next step will be to exploit the first frequency bands in the millimeter-wave range, only then will terahertz frequencies become interesting. And, of course, we also have to think about series production in large quantities in good time, which we at Fraunhofer IAF cannot provide. But I also see good opportunities for this in Europe over the next few years.