I was lucky to study at CNRS, a laboratory which operated with a lot of connections to industry. At that time, this was extremely rare. You have to remember that in this era, academics largely set their own agendas while continually worrying that industry would steal their ideas. At the same time, industry considered academics to be pure minds working on blue sky topics.
Potential to solve real-world problems
Generating new ideas and applications
The Laboratory Of the Future is a joint research center of Solvay
and the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) , in partnership with the University of Bordeaux