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Regional Dynamics of Life Sciences Innovation
Affiliated staff: Theo Papaioannou
Funding: ESRC Innogen Centre
Started: January 1 2002
Economic approaches have emphasised regularities shaping aggregate outcomes, which has allowed for greater attention to technological specificities. This project extended this attention to the specificity of the social and technical concepts of innovation and innovation systems, and drew attention to technological, sectoral, and regional specificities in national/regional initiatives geared towards the promotion of biotechnology clusters. As such, this project involved a series of interviews in Scotland and Cambridge with technology transfer offices, academics involved in knowledge transfer, and local companies to develop empirical evidence regarding practices of knowledge transfer from academia to the private sector. The project generated a history-friendly account and comparison of the process of emergence of the Scottish and Cambridge bioclusters.