Inducement and blocking mechanisms in the Finnish life sciences innovation system

Anne Sisko Patana (based at Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, Innovation Management Institute, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland)
Matti Pihlajamaa (based at Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, Innovation Management Institute, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland)
Kirsi Polvinen (based at Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, Innovation Management Institute, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland)
Tamara Carleton (based at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA)
Laura Kanto (based at Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, Innovation Management Institute, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify inducement and blocking mechanisms which impact the development of the life sciences innovation system in Finland. Innovation system analysis of emerging technologies is important for the design of technology-specific innovation policy measures to promote desirable futures

Design/methodology/approach

This exploratory study uses a functional technological innovation system analysis framework designed to identify policy goals for emerging technological fields. The data consist of 33 qualitative face-to-face interviews with senior managers and decision-makers. Best practices are identified from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Finnish life sciences innovation system is analyzed in detail.

Findings

The Finnish system has a good capability to perform top-level basic research, but the commercial aspect is largely missing because of the lack of business know-how, small size of the domestic market, networking failures, scarcity of funding and poor public image.

Research limitations/implications

The two regions have different scopes which prevents direct comparisons between them.

Originality/value

This study applies the technological innovation system model to the life sciences industry. It provides new information on the characteristics of the industry and factors affecting its dynamics. The results can be applied for policy design by policy makers.

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Citation

Sisko Patana, A., Pihlajamaa, M., Polvinen, K., Carleton, T. and Kanto, L. (2013), "Inducement and blocking mechanisms in the Finnish life sciences innovation system", Foresight, Vol. 15 No. 6, pp. 428-445. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-10-2012-0081

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