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Equity links and information acquisition in biotechnology alliances

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  • Filson, Darren
  • Morales, Rosa

We use a simple model of collaborative innovation to structure an empirical analysis of minority equity links in biotechnology alliances between clients and R&D firms. In the model, an equity link is an investment in information acquisition: it improves the ability of the client to learn about the R&D firm’s ability and the alliance project’s quality. The model generates several testable hypotheses about how the R&D firm’s project characteristics and previous alliances affect the use of equity links in new alliances. We test the hypotheses using a large data set of biotechnology alliances and find empirical support.

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Volume (Year): 59 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-28

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