The role of university spinout companies in an emerging technology: the case of nanotechnology

Libaers, Dirk, Meyer, Martin and 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

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Abstract

This study examines the role of university spin-out (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
Additional Information: From the issue entitled "Symposium: Universities as a Source of Commercial Technology"
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 10:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18279
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