Financing Life Science Innovation: Venture Capital, by Alexander Styhre (auth.)

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In the present period, it is very difficult to attract venture capital funding for new drug development projects in Sweden, for instance; venture capital investors instead favour medical technologies, biomaterials, or diagnostic tools and methods development that do not demand highly uncertain and unpredictable clinical trials. The new sites for life science innovation Schumpeter’s seminal work of entrepreneurship and innovation has brought with it a significant amount of research work in management studies that addresses the difficulties involved in producing innovations.

S. federal government spent an enormous amount of money on basic biomedical research through the National Institute of Health (NIH) consequent to the declaration of a war on cancer in the early 1970s. Third, the Bayh-Dole Act, a piece of legislation enacted in 1980, facilitated the transfer of technology between academe and industry in the United States, and thereby enabled rapid commercialization of basic research problems. S. Supreme Court ruling in Diamond v. Chakrabarty, in 1980, which allowed patents right on a genetically engineered microorganism that could break down crude-oil spills.

2013: 15) Block and Keller summarize three basic findings from their review: (1) There is a “declining centrality of the largest corporations to the innovation process in the US”; (2) there is a “growing importance of interorganizational collaboration and small start-up firms in the innovation process”; (3) The public sector institutions have taken on an “expanded role” as both “participants in and funders of innovation processes” (2009: 475). Block and Keller thus suggest that their data “contradicts the market fundamentalist ideology that celebrates private enterprise and denigrates the public sector” (2009: 476).

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