French industrial gas company, Air Liquide, strengthened its commitment to the Paris-Saclay scientific centre when it took part in the École Polytechnique inauguration of the ‘Innovation Management’ second phase.

The original programme was created in October 2005. In 2011, Air Liquide signed a five year collaboration within the second Chair phase. Fellow programme industrial partners include, MBDA, Renault, Safran, SEB and Valeo.

According to Air Liquide, the objective is four-fold, designed to develop and disseminate knowledge and best practices across the following topics:

  • Breakthrough innovation management
  • Global deployment of innovation process
  • From product innovation to Services / Product innovation
  • Innovative management of ecosystem

Air Liquide is responsible for joined research programs aimed towards the development of specific methodologies to accelerate innovation.

The Chair educational programme offers a Master degree called, ‘Project – Innovation – Conception’ for École Polytechnique students, HEC Business School and others Engineering Schools abroad.

In a press statement, Air Liquide summarised its hopes for the scheme - to facilitate “access to new talents and competencies.”