More of the history of productive collaboration between engineers and scientists in academia and in the business entrepreneurship industry needs to be known. The primary beneficiary of this collaboration has been the public. But now, when the public might expect collaboration between academia and industry to be accelerating, it is not. Obstacles to efficient and effective collaboration leading to application have not allowed new technology to keep pace with ever-increasing need. In this analysis, based on experience in both academia and industry, the author provide perspective on current obstacles to academic–industrial collaboration, followed by recommendations on how effective collaboration can be renewed and enhanced.
Consider the progress that has been made in our understanding of the complexity of biological systems and in the sophistication of research tools and methods during the last 50 years. When you compare this progress with progress in the healthcare industry in terms of new applications and productivity; there is a jarring difference. Even when healthcare innovators produce, the implementation and subsequent productivity gains from their new technologies is remarkably slow. (more…)