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Staff Paper No. 513 - Abstract

Patenting, Commercialization, and US Academic Research in the 21st Century:The Resilience of Basic, Federally-Funded Open Science

Bradford L. Barham [barham@mailplus.wisc.edu]
Jeremy D. Foltz [jdfoltz@wisc.edu]

Staff Paper No. 513, September 2007, 31p.


The life sciences have been the most dynamic area of US university research and commercialization efforts over the past twenty-five years. Using unique data from a large representative sample of life scientists this work examines whether academic patenting and commercialization complement, substitute for, or “hold-up” other research activities. The results highlight the resilience of the basic, federally-funded open scientific research model. Our findings, in turn, underscore the fundamental importance of maintaining the public funding and commitment to the academic, scientific enterprise.
Last updated on Mon, Sep 10, 2007 3:31pm