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The Role of University Spinout Companies in an Emerging Technology: the Case of Nanotechnology

Libaers, Dirk, Meyer, Martin S., Geuna, Aldo (2006) The Role of University Spinout Companies in an Emerging Technology: the Case of Nanotechnology. Journal of Technology Transfer, 31 (4). pp. 443-450. ISSN 0892-9912. (doi:10.1007/s10961-006-0005-9) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:33709)

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Abstract

This study examines the role of university spinout (USO) companies in the emergence of a new technology, in our case nanotechnology. Three unique data-sets based on patents, co-publications, and firm data pertaining to the unfolding field of nanotechnology in the UK were developed. Subsequent analysis suggests that USOs play an important though not a dominant role. Furthermore, the results indicate that USOs in certain subfields of nanotechnology do not have a strong and growing proprietary technology base, raising questions about the commercial sustainability of these ventures. Overall, we observed that USOs are important contributors to technological change in specific subfields of nanotechnology, but that other actors, notably, large firms and (non-university affiliated) new technology-based firms are even more significant agents of technological change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10961-006-0005-9
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 14:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33709 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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