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Science, the State, and the City – Britain's Struggle to Succeed in Biotechnology - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Science, the State, and the City: Britain's Struggle to Succeed in Biotechnology

Geoffrey Owen and Michael M. Hopkins


The book examines the evolution of a new industrial sector based on one of the most important technologies that has emerged in the last fifty years—biotechnology, the use of living organisms to create useful products and services. The most important application of biotechnology has been in medicine—developing new drugs—and the book explains how US-based firms lead the commercializing of this technology, and why firms in other countries have failed to match what the leading American companies’ achievements. The book looks at the institutions and policies which have underpinned US biotechnology ... More

Keywords: biotechnology, competitive advantage, venture capital, industrial policy, innovation ecosystem, spin-out firms, drug discovery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Owen, author
Visiting Professor, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Michael M. Hopkins, author
Senior Lecturer and Director of Research, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex