Building Innovative Ecosystems
Edited by John Sibley Butler and David V. Gibson
Chapter 10: Technology Transfer and the Development of New Technology-based Firms: Polish Perspectives and a Case Study on Nanotechnology
Dariusz Trzmielak 1 INTRODUCTION The issue of innovation and science and technology management represents the nature of the free market economy. The creation of knowledge is one of the main tasks of higher education; however, knowledge needs to be transformed. During this time of globalization and integration of the Polish economy with the European Union, the tempo of knowledge creation, technology transfer, and the implementation of innovation are one of a company’s competitive advantages. The main focus of this chapter is on technology transfer from universities to enterprises, new technology firm developments, and barriers and stimulators for innovative industry enterprises. The purpose of this chapter is to provide scientists and entrepreneurs with comprehensive information that will aid in understanding the changes within the Polish high-tech markets, and present a case study from the nanotechnology sector focusing on knowledge and technology transfer components. The chapter is organized as follows. Sections 2 and 3 begin by outlining the essential aspects of European and Polish innovation markets. Section 4 focuses on the Polish nanotechnology road map and is aimed at analyzing future perspectives for high-tech companies. Section 5 presents the case study of a spin-off company operating in the nanotechnology sector by providing an example of management of technology development and transfer. Examples of scientists who have become successful entrepreneurs are also provided. The chapter allows readers to draw important insights into the development mechanism by which Polish scientists and entrepreneurs strengthen their 239 M2540 - BUTLER PRINT.indd 239 25/02/2011 16:48 240...
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