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Building Innovative Capabilities

Genomics and biotechnology are critical for improving a number of areas of social and economic life. The most important feature of the new technological paradigm in life sciences is the close collaboration between the public and private actors involved.

This policy brief is based on an ESRC Innogen Centre project that examined the collaborative relationships between public policy, public research and private firms in Cambridge and Scotland. Empirical evidence from this research shows that public-private collaborations in the two regions play an important role in building firm-based and policy-making capabilities.

For this reason it is recommended that regional policy should facilitate the formation and/or expansion of public-private collaborations for biotech innovation in both Cambridge and Scotland.