Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Publication announcement: A comparison of R&D indicators for the Vancouver biotechnology cluster

The Journal of Commercial Biotechnology (like a Harvard Business Review for biotechnology companies) just released another article I am a co-author of:

"A comparison of R&D indicators for the Vancouver biotechnology cluster"
Journal of Commercial Biotechnology advance online publication, June 3, 2008.

This article was co-authored with Monica Salazar, who is the Executive Director for the Columbian Observatory of Science and Technology, and Adam Holbrook, who is the associate director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) and also a member if the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN).

This article uses data from StatCan, ISRN, and BC Biotech/LifeSciences BC to take a look at whether there actually is a biotechnology cluster in Vancouver, and compares several of the indicators to other regions in Canada.

This article also has a brilliant metaphor for Vancouver's biotechnology sector portrayed as a garden.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Nov 17-23, 2008

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the world's largest sponsors of entrepreneurship research, has just sent out an email announcing that 56 nations have joined in celebrating the firt ever Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov 17-23, 2008:

Several nations, cities or universities have already celebrated Entrepreneur(ship) Week on a regionally more limited scale, so it'll be interesting to see how this will all be coordinated on a global stage. For more info on local events, just google Entrepreneurship Week and your City. In Many cases, entrepreneurship is synonymous with small business, so feel free to substitute one for the other.