University-industry-relations - their role in technological innovation
: the case of biotechnology in the UK

  • Ian D. Williams

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Biotechnology is one of a series of new `generic technologies' that have been identified by western governments as possessing stategic economic opportunities. In this thesis I examine the characteristics of the technology and the government policies that have been developed to both promote and exploit the underpinning scientific research for biotechnology. The approach I have taken involves an in-depth analysis of the role of university-industry research relations in the development of biotechnology. To this end I carried out a detailed survey of biotechnology companies in the UK on the nature of their interactions and objectives. Through individual case studies of the SERC and DTI club mechanisms in biotechnology, I provide a contemporary appraisal of the development of new mechanisms involving co-ordination and cooperation between industry, government and academia, established to couple state funded science and national economic development. The public policy implications of the club funding systems for science in the UK are examined.
Date of Award1990
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorFred Steward (Supervisor)


  • University-industry-relations
  • technological innovation
  • biotechnology in the UK

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