Epoch-MIT Industrial Liaison Project (ILP)

Epoch-MIT Industrial Liaison Project (ILP)

Epoch-MIT Industrial Liaison Project (ILP)


MIT is renowned for its outstanding technology-based innovations. Over the years, its faculty members and R&D teams, spread over 5 colleges, 21 departments, and more than 100 laboratories have produced 77 Nobel Prize winners and authorized countless patents. In addition to promoting academic research, MIT is proud of its entrepreneurial spirit and tradition of maintaining solid relationships with industry communities. According to a survey conducted by the Kauffman Foundation, as of February 2009, MIT alumni have founded more than 25,800 companies, creating over 3.3 million employment opportunities and generating over US$2 trillion in annual revenues.

The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) was established in 1948 after the US government green-lighted corporate commercialization of research projects contracted through MIT during World War II. In 1993, a collaboration between MIT and the Epoch Foundation, the Epoch–MIT ILP, was established, and has henceforth introduced various cutting-edge technologies, resources for product development and innovative ideas in technology and management to 20 of Taiwan's leading corporations. Through these efforts, the program has become an important resource and portal through which company members can gain insight into global R&D and market trends and forge a network with its international counterparts. In the exchange, 400 company member representatives have visited MIT. In addition, hundreds of symposia have been held in various regions.  All of these numbers are still growing.

By participating in the Epoch–MIT ILP, company members can obtain first-hand information from the ILP Knowledge Base, treat the 150 MIT laboratories as their external partners and think tanks and access the latest information in the international R&D field; all of which is greatly beneficial to product development and R&D and further leads the way to future innovation .


Members' Privileges

  • Dedicated Industrial Liaison Officers are available to help members search for customized information, the latest technological news, and opportunities for business collaborations
  • Members' trips to MIT, including visits to laboratories in various faculties and meetings with faculty members and professors
  • The opportunity to send representatives to attend biennial weeklong courses exclusively designed for Epoch member companies free of charge; the course allows participants to participate in customized interactions with experts from MIT so as to have a better grasp of the latest international trends in business management and technological innovation
  • Free entrance to a series of seminars organized in MIT every year to introduce the latest trends, help develop a more global perspective, and an opportunity to participate in in-depth and multi-pronged interactions with foreign enterprises to seek opportunities for collaboration and expanding international networks
  • Regular updates on upcoming conferences and other activities as well as key MIT publications to inform members of the latest trends and opportunities for collaboration.  The MIT publications include:

-Technology Review (journal)

-Technology Insider (an exclusive e-journal for ILP members worldwide)


Members' Directory

Company members include more than 200 global enterprises in various industries from North America, Europe and Asia, including:

  •  Apple Inc.
  •  Johnson & Johnson Inc.
  • Philips Global
  • Samsung Group
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Merrill Lynch & Company
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP
  • Nokia Corporation
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Fujitsu Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Group
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • 3M Company
  • Eastman Kodak Company


Contact information :
Ivory Hsia
Tel: +886-2-2511-2678 ext. 22 / Email: ivory@epoch.org.tw
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