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The Role of University Spinout Companies in an Emerging Technology: The Case of Nanotechnology


Dirk Libaers


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Martin S. Meyer


University of Sussex

Aldo Geuna


Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis-University of Torino


Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 31, pp. 443-450, 2006

Abstract:     
This study examines the role of university spinout (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.

Keywords: University technology commercialization, Nanotechnology,University Spinout (USO), technological change

JEL Classification: O31, O34

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Date posted: December 22, 2006  

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Libaers, Dirk and Meyer, Martin S. and Geuna, Aldo, The Role of University Spinout Companies in an Emerging Technology: The Case of Nanotechnology. Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 31, pp. 443-450, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=953149

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Dirk Libaers (Contact Author)
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No Address Available
Martin S. Meyer
University of Sussex ( email )
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom
Aldo Geuna
Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis-University of Torino ( email )
Torino, 10153
Italy
0039 011 670387 (Phone)
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