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Science-Technology-Industry Network The Competitiveness of Swiss Biotechnology: A Case Study of Innovation


  • J. Bart Carrin
  • Yuko Harayama
  • J. Alexander K. Mack
  • Milad Zarin-Nejadan


This study proposes to analyse in an exploratory way the state of innovation and production systems in Swiss biotechnology and especially its innovative capacity and related factors. As biotechnology as such cannot be considered as an industrial sector but rather as a set of technologies developed in the field of life sciences, the direct link with science makes innovative capacity a major determinant of competitiveness. While large multinationals, such as biopharmaceuticals, may not need local technology suppliers, the presence of a local industry of research-based firms and technology suppliers is critical, because the industry is, by itself, a major source of growth and social progress. By observing how research and development (R&D) activities are organised in the field of biotechnology, we try to identify the relations existing between universities and the biotechnology industry, but also the relations between biotechnology firms among themselves.

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  • J. Bart Carrin & Yuko Harayama & J. Alexander K. Mack & Milad Zarin-Nejadan, 2004. "Science-Technology-Industry Network The Competitiveness of Swiss Biotechnology: A Case Study of Innovation," Discussion papers 04007, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  • Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:04007

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