Documents on this page can be downloaded as PDFs. They are abbreviated versions of reports or published articles in the areas of our expertise.

Accommodation for Bio-Companies

The project examined the requirements of young growing bio-companies for accommodation and infrastructure as related to their business development, and looked at the options provided by universities, technology parks/innovation centres, and private real estate providers. We surveyed 20 technology parks/innovation centres across 10 countries to obtain a provider-side perspective, and a similar number of bio-companies which are or have been tenants in such facilities, to obtain a client-side perspective. The report summarises these findings and recommends a series of best practice solutions. Large data sets are behind this report, hence we can drill deeper when and where needed. An abbreviated version of this report can be downloaded as PDF.

Download PDF ‘Bio-company accommodation – an international perspective’.

Company Attraction Strategies

Large multinational companies are increasingly diversifying their R&D activities over multiple locations around the world in search of talent pools and collaborations. The project examined best practice strategies in six cities how to attract foreign companies to establish a hub in their region. The report highlights both common practice patterns as well as differences between the case study cities. A “tool box” with eleven best practices is included in the report that would seem suitable for Auckland.

Download PDF “Company attraction strategies – insights from international best practice”.

Strategic Academic-Industry Partnerships

Increasing numbers of universities world-wide are establishing partnerships with large multinational companies. The key drivers for the universities include industry funded research and institutional support, novel market-informed graduate programmes, postgraduate research projects, and being recognised for solving problems of relevance to the industry, economic development and the wellbeing of society. The value proposition for companies includes the ability to direct academic fundamental research which complements their in-house applied R&D, access to world-class and multi-disciplinary expertise and facilities, access to graduate students for projects and future employment, and access to collaborative grant funding from public agencies.

Seven case studies were analysed for the mechanics of establishing and operating partnerships with large multinational companies based on information gained from websites and interviews. The case study universities were chosen on the basis of their long-term track records for industry engagement. The report shows how different models of joint research centres can achieve a high level of academic-industry integration through co-location of university and company funded staff working together.

The report “Models for University partnerships with large multinational companies” is available on request by email to the Director IIB.

Enterprise Training

A jointly authored journal article describes the background settings and development of novel Masters in Bioscience Enterprise programmes at the University of Cambridge and the University of Auckland. The article also analyses graduate employment outcomes at the time of writing the article in 2008. A more recent analysis of employment outcomes from the Auckland programme can be found elsewhere on this website (go to Enterprise Training – Industry Impact).

Download PDF article published in Journal of Commercial Biotechnology 15: 257-271, 2009.