The role of industry partners in commercializing deep tech

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Collaborations between industry and research organizations have long been known to generate many promising innovations. However, what exactly is the value that industry partners contribute in these collaborations to commercialize science? In this study, we analyse projects funded under ATTRACT, a project funded in the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme aiming to spin-off technologies from the continent's research infrastructures. We compare projects with and without industry involvement. We find that proposed project ideas do not differ in crucial attributes such as technology readiness levels, technology novelty, relevance to market, budget credibility and overall expert evaluation. However, we find differences in terms of how the projects are managed and in turn, the ability to attract further funding. This study provides insights on the role of industry partners in guiding cutting-edge technologies from research institutes find market application.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2021
EventR&D Management Conference 2021: The role of industry parters in commercializing deep tech - Edimurgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20218 Jul 2021


ConferenceR&D Management Conference 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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