Promissory identities: sociotechnical representations & innovation in regenerative medicine

Gardner, John, Higham, Ruchi, Faulkner, Alex and Webster, Andrew (2017) Promissory identities: sociotechnical representations & innovation in regenerative medicine. Social Science and Medicine, 174. pp. 70-78. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

The field of regenerative medicine (RM) is championed as a potential source of curative treatments and economic wealth, and initiatives have been launched in several countries to facilitate innovation within the field. As a way of examining the social dimensions of innovation within regenerative medicine, this paper explores the sociotechnical representations of RM technologies in the UK, and the tensions, affordances and complexities these representations present for actors within the field. Specifically, the paper uses the Science and Technology Studies-inspired notions of ‘technology identity’ and ‘development space’ to examine how particular technologies are framed and positioned by actors, and how these positionings subsequently shape innovation pathways. Four developing RM technologies are used as case studies: bioengineered tracheas; autologous chondrocyte implantation; T-cell therapies; and a ‘point-of-care’ cell preparation device. Using these case studies we argue that there are particular identity aspects that have powerful performative effects and provide momentum to innovation projects, and we argue that there are particular stakeholders in the UK RM landscape who appear to have considerable power in shaping these technology identities and thus innovation pathways.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology

R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Depositing User: Alex Faulkner
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 11:30
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 07:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66215

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Regenerative medicine and its potential for development and diffusion: an analysis of emergent value systems and health service readinessG1398ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILR15474 - ES/L002779/1