The methodology for the interviews will draw on grounded theory. Collaborations with the Farm Foundation will enhance the educational and Extension programming. The findings on the extent and nature of the university-firm interactions will inform public and policy discussions. However, administrators are more likely than their industry counterparts to be concerned about conflicts of interest and collegial tensions.
Possible factors include the university's size, reputation, resources, culture, and government funding; the market power, cultures, and specialties of the biotech firms with whom the university has research relationships; and the design of the research contract itself.
Although the data do not establish a causal connection between industrial support and these faculty behaviors, our findings strongly suggest that university-industry research relationships have both benefits and risks for academic institutions. The workshop findings on key researchable questions are in a report available at www.
However, their research also leads to more unpublished trade secrets, and commercial considerations may influence their choice of projects.
The interview data informed the construction of the project's national survey and are being analyzed to gain insight into the key forces shaping the university-industry collaborations to inform the interpretation of the national survey responses. The survey will be implemented through the Internet.
This conference will focus on the implications of the project findings for ways to manage the UIRRs to produce the desired combination of public science and privately appropriable research discoveries. The survey findings suggest that university-industry biotechnology research relationships have both benefits and risks for the university.
Per dollar Invested, university research is generating more patent applications than Is other company research. The survey obtained data on the nature of the scientists' research; sources, amounts and types of support; laboratory inputs; academic rank and other demographics; publication and patent outputs; professional networks; university policies and assistance; and aspects of the scientists' professional values.
The findings on the extent, nature and effects of industry support and other factors on the bioscientists' research programs will be delivered in several educational outreach activities to inform public and policy discussions.
At the same time, faculty with industry funds are much more likely than other biotechnology faculty to report that their research has resulted in trade secrets and that commercial considerations have influenced their choice of research projects.
Industrial support of university research in biotechnology A study of biotechnology companies reveals that nearly one-half of all such firms fund research in universities. Approximately forty participants from across the nation accepted invitations to attend.
The first workshop will assist in finalizing the sample, developing the statistical survey instrument, and refining public-good characteristics in bioscience research.
A model is being developed to explain the factors that affect an academic scientist's decisions in constructing a research program.
The workshop consists of presentations by university scientists engaged in and studying the relationships, technology transfer officers, and industry and civil society representatives.
The workshop and publication of the findings improved the awareness of and knowledge about UIRRs and likely affected the attitudes of participants and readers to achieve a more balanced understanding. The participants will identify priority researchable issues in breakout groups and the workshop findings will be published on-line as a joint IFAFS project and Pew Initiative report in early We are proceeding to investigate more specific issues related to the academic scientist's research agenda and productivity.
We will also examine the characteristics of biotechnology patents on which the scientific work of a given set of universities have been cited. If these university, scientist and funding factors erode, such fundamental research will erode as well. An analysis is provided of a survey of over 1, faculty members at 40 major U.
The case study and other interviews suggest that university administrators tended to have very favorable assessments of UIRRs. Seminars will be conducted at several of the case study universities. Scientists and managers of biotechnology firms who have collaborated with these universities were also interviewed.
To use the relationships in Objective 2 to assess alternative policy options for influencing the supply of public goods in agricultural biotechnology research; and 4. They participate in more administrative and professional activities, while teaching as much as other faculty members.
Examples of information sought include the manner in which research is initiated or sought out, criteria used in deciding on research topic and breadth, and university involvement in research resource allocation.
The survey data provide the first statistically representative database on academic bioscientists conducting research with implications for agricultural biotechnology. At the same time, faculty with industry funds are much more likely than other biotechnology faculty to report that their research has resulted in trade secrets and that commercial considerations have influenced their choice of research projects.
However, the effects are modest, and the scientist's experience and views about the importance of basic research and publicly appropriable benefits along with university culture exert even stronger influences in the opposite direction.
Approximately six public and private research universities will be selected for case studies and two- to three-day in-depth interviews. Although the data do not establish a causal connection between industrial support and these faculty behaviors, our findings strongly suggest that university-industry research legislations have both benefits and risks for academic institutions.
In collaboration with the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, the project team planned an expert workshop to be held in November The interview information also will help interpret national survey analysis findings. Analyses of the case study and survey data will identify significant factors, e.
PDF Abstract The growth of university-industry research relationships in biotechnology has raised questions concerning their effects, both positive and negative, on universities.
The national survey instrument was sent in web form to bioscientists employed at 30 randomly selected U. They publish, patent, and earn more. University scientists were the most skeptical of UIRRs. This paper examines the persistence or convergence of the two cultures of science and the implications of this commercialization for university-industry relationships in agriculture biotechnology.
The perceptions and values of over U.S. university and industry scientists, managers and administrators who participate in or oversee research.
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title = "University-industry research relationships in biotechnology: Implications for the university", abstract = "The growth of university-industry research relationships in biotechnology has raised questions concerning their effects, both positive and negative, on universities.
University-industry relationships (UIRs) have emerged as a key force in the development and commercialization of agricultural biotechnologies. A growing number of scientists in public and private universities are involved in close. Industry Relationships in Biotechnology of research funds, and university policies on patents, consulting, and sponsored research in the United States.
cause it raises issues in university/industry relation-ships and because it. Presents an analysis of a survey of University-Industry Research Relationships (UIRR) in biotechnology that involved over university faculty. Findings indicated that researchers with industrial support published at higher rates, patented more frequently, participated in more administrative and.University industry research relationships in biotechnology implications