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Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles)
ISSN: 1036-7128
Vol. 8, No. 5, 1998
Bioline Code: au98035
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles), Vol. 8, No. 5, 1998

 en Innovation by Australian Biotechnology Companies


Australasian Biotechnology,
Volume 8 Number 5, September/October 1998, pp. 280-288

Innovation by Australian Biotechnology Companies

Lyndal Thorburn,

Code Number:AU98035
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This paper briefly reviews the growth of Australia's dedicated biotech companies (DBCs), their location and their target industry sectors, and compares these with trends in the US and Europe. Of the current population of 132 DBCs, 42 have been established since 1995, and 40% are spinoffs from research institutions. NSW and Victoria remain the main locations for these companies. The largest group of companies is in human therapeutics, followed by diagnostic products and biologicals. Together these account for 57% of target sectors. Australian DBCs are small and appear to perform R&D at a lower rate than their overseas counterparts. One third of this R&D is outsourced, primarily to research institutions in the DBCs' local area. The most common type of formal linkage is collaborative R&D, followed by contract R&D, in-licensing and others. The implications of these findings for government policy are discussed briefly.

Copyright 1998 Australian Biotechnology Association Ltd.


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