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Advancing Innovation Along the Long Tail
Laura Dorival Paglione, Director, Kauffman Innovation Network, discusses moving away from narrow markets ruled by "the tyranny of the hit" (the old
focus on best-sellers) to focus on the "long tail" markets where non-hits and specialty goods can
flourish as well.
Beyond Licensing and Incubators
After years of studying how
innovation works (or fails to work) in and around universities, says Lesa Mitchell, Vice President, Advancing Innovation, the Kauffman Foundation is finding
emerging new solutions to accelerate innovation and commercialization at universities.
Expect More -- Do More
In an article published in the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology, Kauffman Foundation General Counsel John Tyler exposes the absent and weak links between vision, policies and practices of universities and federal policy for advancing innovations.
Expediting University Startups: A Step Toward Advancing America’s Prosperity
Our nation’s universities produce some of the most important basic and applied research in the world, contributing to America’s competitiveness and prosperity in the global economy. University spinoff companies have the potential to become high-growth firms, in some cases creating entire new industries that not only change our lives but also generate hundreds of thousands of jobs.
How a Dose of Reality Can Make Science More Visionary
E. A. Fitzgerald, Professor of Materials Engineering, MIT, asks How do we know that university scientists are working on the best
possible research projects to begin with? The ones with the greatest chances of
bearing the most fruit?
Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, says that we need new benchmarks for a
fuller understanding of the impact of innovation, and to help both government
and businesses identify and devise innovation-promoting policies that create
value and growth.
Wayne Johnson, Vice President, University Relations Worldwide, Hewlett-Packard Company, discusses his belief that partnering at the right strategic levels holds the
key to the future.
The iBridge Network project, sponsored by the
Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., added a new option for university Technology transfer offices (TTOs).
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