Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
KI Innovation at Karolinska Institutet (KI) is a university innovation system that was initiated to bring more of the research conducted at the medical university to benefit society through commercialization and making these research findings medically applicable. It has the mission to bridge the gap between academia and business, and to facilitate the process and communication of technology-transfer. Such a system has existed since 1995, and this study conducted in 2008-2009 has the purpose of finding out if and how this system has had an impact on the level of commercialization at the university.
Three departments at KI were selected to be studied; MBB, OnkPat and MTC. The study employed three different approaches:
1. A quantitative study of the amount of patents that has been filed by researchers that were employed at these three departments during the period of 1995 – 2005.
2. A survey was conducted amongst the then currently employed researchers in 2008 at the same three departments, to find out their knowledge and attitude towards the innovation system.
3. In-depth interviews with three people that worked within the innovation system, and three researchers that have put their research through the system.
The findings show that the patent-approach proved to be somewhat inconclusive due to low level of patents filed through KI Innovation, as the system was new during the study period. One couldn’t conclude that these patent activities are solely credited to the system, or how the external business and market forces at the time impacted on the level of innovation overall. The survey gives insight of the mindset of the researchers, their view of commercialization and the impact of the innovation system in place at their university. Most researchers were positive and curious, but were not always aware of the possibility of innovation from their own research. The in-depth interviews make clear that there is a knowledge gap towards patenting, as the researchers have publishing their research as their foremost incentive, which collides with patenting and hence commercialization.
2015. , 59 p.