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Genomics Forum · Events

Collaborative research and knowledge markets in the life sciences - accelerating and globalising innovation

Seminar   17.11.2011






Iain GillespieConsultant, Ex-Head OECD Science & Technology Policy Division & OECD Biotechnology Division

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ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum


ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum The University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science St John's Land Holyrood Road Edinburgh EH8 8AQ Tel: 0131 651 4747

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There is a proliferation of initiatives in the life sciences to bring together dispersed and diverse elements of the research infrastructure and simplify the process for learning about and accessing these resources. Their common goal is to leverage innovative capacity by creating interconnected webs of knowledge and exploiting external expertise. These initiatives are made possible by the recent advances in information technology: the storage capacity of data; its ease of transmissibility across the Internet; the development of software to access, make interoperable and analyse data; and the governance systems that regulate access and use of data. Collectively, such initiatives have been described as “knowledge markets”. Some are monetised, others open and free-access networks.

The fundamental questions that knowledge markets raise are the extent to which they can create a basis for a distributed, networked system of research and development that significantly improves the productivity of innovation, whether current research infrastructure is up to the task of supporting such initiatives and the extent to which various actors get to play in, and derive benefit from, them.

This seminar will look at some of the evidence for the development of knowledge markets and try to draw some tentative conclusions on where good practice might lie (or not), the learning opportunities particularly for emerging and developing economies and possible policy responses at the international level.

For more infromation read Gillespie, I & Wells, R (2011) Collaborative Mechanisms for Intellectual Property Management in the Life Sciences, OECD, Paris

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