The life science industry sector: evolution of agro-biotechnology in Europe

Tait, Joyce, Chataway, Joanna and Wield, David (2002) The life science industry sector: evolution of agro-biotechnology in Europe. Science and Public Policy, 29 (4). pp. 253-258. ISSN 0302-3427

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This article reports on a detailed study of large agro-biotechnology companies, conducted during the recent period of rapid industrial restructuring. The concept of life science synergy, involving a useful cross-fertilisation of ideas between the development of new drugs and new crop protection products, has floundered. Although negative public reaction to GM (genetically modified) crop development is a significant cause, our research suggests that there are other more subtle causes, such as organisational culture differences between agro-chemicals and biotechnology disciplines and between seeds and chemicals firms. We found three distinct approaches to life science and technology trajectory-seeking in top agro-biotechnology companies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Agricultural chemical, Agricultural technology, Biotechnology, Industrial performance, Science and technology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Drug development, Europe, Genetically modified crop, Public relations
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 11:54
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 11:54
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