The Pilot Plant (De Proeffabriek)
The Pilot Plant (De Proeffabriek) is a consultancy for responsible innovation. We support knowledge-intensive organisations with the integration of social responsibility in their work. Our focus is on people within and outside the organisation (the P of People in the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit).
Innovation is not just about technological novelty. It's also about communicating new ideas, about collaboration and overcoming dogmas. The importance of this social component is often neglected. As a result, innovation often fails because of a lack of understanding between people, faulty communication between management and the shop floor, failure to recognize that things could be done differently, or a lack of oversight in complex situations. The Pilot Plant puts innovation in a broader societal perspective, encourages reflection and strengthens in- and external communications. This way, we help our clients to take a step forward towards sustainable innovation.
The Pilot Plant specializes in the social aspects of new and emerging technologies: we work in the area of medical technology, nano- and biotechnology, life sciences and cleantech.
The Pilot Plant is a spin-off of CSG Centre for Society and the Life Sciences of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Our consultants combine a background in the social sciences with expertise in high-tech sectors like the life sciences, nanotechnology and pharma.
Work in progress
This website is still under development. Please come back soon and read more about new projects of The Pilot Plant and the latest developments in social research on responsible innovation.
Yes they can
More and more organizations take their social responsibility seriously. This isn't just good news for the environment and society - these organizations also gain a competitive advantage. Some examples:
- The Novo Nordisk Way
- Amyris Biotechnology