BIOtech Now interviews Yali Friedman, Ph.D., founder of thinkBiotech. His book, Building Biotechnology, is used as a course text in dozens of biotechnology programs. His other books include Best Practices in Biotechnology Education and Best Practices in Biotechnology Business Development. Yali is also managing editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology An innovation climate is very much like that of any other climate. The right conditions and influences can set the stage for truly transformative ideas. This is particularly true in the life sciences, where ideas have the potential to bring about dramatic improvements in healthcare, energy, global food demand and industrial processes-but only if circumstances allow these ideas to be properly nurtured and developed. The Scientific American Worldview Project represents a unique and fresh look at biotech innovation across the globe. It has established a robust framework for examining the ingredients that can help foster an innovative climate in a country. Those ingredients include (among others): the amount of intellectual property protection, the amount of commercial biotech activity in a country, how easy it is to do business, education and workforce resources, and the amount of money spent by companies and governments on research and development. A report by the Worldview Project is set to be released May 20, 2009 at the BIO International Convention in Atlanta. Listen or download the program. UPDATE: Read more at BiotechBlog
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