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Title: South-South collaboration in health biotechnology : final technical report (January 2007-December 2010)
Authors: Thorsteinsdóttir, Halla
Keywords: INNOVATIONS
HEALTH BIOTECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
SOUTH-SOUTH COLLABORATION
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
HUMAN GENETICS
CAPACITY BUILDING
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
SURVEYS
SCIENTOMETRICS
Date: 2011
Publisher: McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract: Increasingly, developing countries are signing agreements that encourage scientific and technological (S&T) collaboration amongst themselves. This is with the expectation that these collaborations will lead to increased S&T capacity, and strengthened research and innovation potentials. Yet, little is known about how to meet this expectation, and encourage or leverage South-South collaboration. The objective of this research was, therefore, to examine the potential and characteristics of South-South collaboration in the health biotechnology field, and gain a better understanding of the factors that cultivate and influence it. The research used various methodologies to study South-South collaboration, including a scientometric study of co-publications, a survey of biotechnology firms and qualitative research including interviews with researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and other experts in developing countries. The key findings indicate that South-South research collaboration in health biotechnology is modest but slowly increasing, while entrepreneurial collaborations seem to be more prevalent. The collaboration is strongly focused on shared health needs and has started to make available more affordable health products in developing countries. Governments have successfully cultivated closer linkages between researchers in developing countries by setting up programmes and funding to support their collaboration, yet there remains a lack of dedicated resources. Northern governments and international or philanthropic organizations should therefore target South-South collaboration as a means of promoting development and to encourage global health.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/46212
Project Number: 104043
Project Title: South-to-South Collaboration on Genomics Innovation
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