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Academic innovation: so you want to be a bio-entrepreneur?

Michael O’Neill and John Scanlan

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This chapter sets out to guide any academic entrepreneur through the process of starting out in the bioscience business. There are many reasons why a scientist would want to commercialise their research and there may be as many motivations or incentives as there are people involved. For a company to prosper, however, it helps to clarify the purpose from the outset. Is this company out to make money, find a partner for research projects or find employment for postdocs? All might serve as the basis for founding a company but each motivation will lead to a different kind of company and needs to be understood in advance. In addition to examining ...

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