Title: Academic knowledge transfer to industry. Italy: spin-off practices and policies

Authors: Marco R. Di Tommaso, Laura Ramaciotti

Addresses: Facolta di Economia, Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Via Voltapaletto, 11 Ferrara, Italy. ' Facolta di Economia, Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Via Voltapaletto, 11 Ferrara, Italy

Abstract: This paper is about academic Spin-Off (SO) in Italy. It offers an overview of the Italian debate both in academic and in policy-making circuits. First, national and regional policies are analysed. Second, universities practices are described. Then, the paper presents data on how this phenomenon has quickly grown in the last decade. Finally, in the concluding remarks, a list of controversial issues are highlighted.

Keywords: knowledge transfer; university–industry cooperation; innovation policy; industrial policy; academic spin-offs; technology management; university research; industrial collaboration; Italy; regional policies; national policies; commercialisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2010.036054

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2010 Vol.11 No.5, pp.409 - 427

Published online: 14 Oct 2010 *

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