National Research Development Corporation
The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) was a non-departmental government body established by the British Government to transfer technology from the public sector to the private sector.
The NRDC was established by Attlee's Labour government in 1948 to meet a perceived need at the time to exploit the many products that had been developed during World War II by the Defence Research Establishments. The first managing director was Lord Giffard.
The NRDC was established in India in 1953 to help develop and promote technologies developed at various national R&D institutions.
Typically the NRDC would patent the product for commercial exploitation and earn royalties as private sector companies generated sales from those products.
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