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Update: San Francisco Sister City Krakow - Emerging R&D Center

Posted by Tom Foremski - October 5, 2009

Here's an update on last week's post about Krakow - Sister city to San Francisco and emerging R&D center.

Pawel Przewiezlikowski writes:


Very interesting article on Krakow's perspectives. I believe very much in your conclusion that Krakow is the place to be in R&D in Europe right now.

One thing I'd like to add is the emerging biotechnology industry. Krakow has 4 000 researchers in life science in four universities - that have discoveries like adrenalin on their track. The speciality is cancer, cardiovasular and cognition (schizophrenia, Alzheimer) research.

There are also emerging biotech companies like
Trigendo, BioTe21 or my Selvita (www.selvita.com). I myself switched from IT/Internet (ComArch/Interia) to biotech.

Ramon Tancino, head of strategy and business development for Cisco Poland, writes:

Thanks for the great article. We are definitely seeing a lot of momentum in the last few months. In fact, iLoop Mobile is actually opening an R&D office in Krakow (they are based in San Francisco) this month as well. I just spoke to some of the new iLoopMobile team at the welcoming mixer for Allen Greenberg, the brand new American Consul General in Krakow who is also from the Bay Area (yet another amazing coincidence).

http://www.iloopmobile.com/pages/company/careers.php?opening=iloop_mobile_krakow

I also want to pull in Paul Bragiel, who has started start-ups both in Krakow and Silicon Valley and his current venture is lefora.com.

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I'll be writing more on this topic later this week.


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