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Growth Dynamics in the Biomedical/Biotechnology System

Dilek Çetindamar and Jens Laage-Hellman
Small Business Economics
Vol. 20, No. 4 (Jun., 2003), pp. 287-303
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40229268
Page Count: 17
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Growth Dynamics in the Biomedical/Biotechnology System
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Abstract

This article aims to understand the dynamics of growth in the biomedical/biotechnology system that consists of a variety of actors ranging from universities, medical supplies firms, and drug research firms, to clinical service suppliers. Based on a comparative study made in Ohio and in Sweden, we have analyzed three main factors: technology competencies, technology transfer, and networking capabilities. Our findings show a set of differences that can be grouped into two categories, viz. management and agglomeration externalities. Differences in management appear at three points: the resources allocated to technological competence development, managerial skills in the technology transfer phase, and the use of technology councils. Ohio seems to offer a better environment for starting up new firms and enabling these firms to successfully commercialize their technological assets. The agglomeration externalities that make a difference between the two regions might be grouped into two categories: increasing returns arising from network externalities and the advantages of networking with a variety of supporting organizations in the system.

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