University tech spinoffs 'better'

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gkd_uk

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How good are UK universities at commercially exploiting their technical innovations?

Maybe it is a symptom of the British Disease: academics in the UK disagreeing about the success of their universities' technology transfers.

In practice it may just be they are talking about different shades of success and, if the US is the benchmark, whether they are comparing like with like.

Research by Nottingham University's Business School in 2004 rather set the tone by suggesting that while UK universities were keen to create spin-out companies, far too few of those became successful businesses.

Three years on the researcher, Professor Mike Wright, said things had improved to an extent.

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