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Title: Technology Transfer and Commercialization – Innovative Model for Strengthening Research and Industry Linkages and Valuation through Public Private Partnership in Agriculture*
Authors: Mysore, Sudha
Keywords: Technology transfer;Public private partnership;Valuation
Issue Date: May-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Innovative technical knowledge, often packaged as ‘improved technology’ is imperative for agricultural crop productivity enhancement. The effort of technology development is complete only when it is adopted by the end user as a product suitable for commercial application. It is thus important that university/research organizations understand industry needs or work in close collaboration with the industry. With a view to enhance university/research-industry linkages, augmenting ‘market driven research’ and assigning ‘value’ to innovative research, universities world-over have initiated technology transfer and commercialization efforts. Public sector lead university/research organizations are repositories of rich crop germplasm and skilled plant breeding that could offer unique solutions or provide a platform for modern improved technologies with effective pest and disease resistance traits. Use of such germplasm for developing varieties/hybrids with disease or pest resistance both by public and private sector research efforts is the order of the day. However, these could just be simple exchanges; or simple licensing between public and private sector units involving arbitrarily assigned value and not active partnership. A collaboration that not only enhances the value of the material in use, but also brings forth a multitude of benefits to society is a model that needs to be promulgated in emerging economies, especially while utilizing genetic resources. This paper presents three such models of public-private partnerships by Brazil, Chile and USA involving unique approaches of valuing improved genetic material that helped enhance the overall value of the end product and also promoted effective public private partnerships for emulation by other emerging economies.
Page(s): 167-176
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.19(3) [May 2014]

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