Managers will find numerous information and ideas in this remarkable book on how to best tap into universities knowledge and technology, in order to help develop their business and create new ones. The book definitely fills a gap on an issue that is a high priority in most countries. Furthermore, it is very clearly written and very relevant to practitioners. A must read!

Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys, Bangalore

This book is inspiring for those who are committed to contribute to a more sustainable world ! All elements of Open Innovation are explained and illustrated extremely well with numerous examples, making clear that the business center of gravity is clearly shifting East (China,Taiwan, Singapore, India). The new data and very convincing material as gathered from the BRIC countries is a kind of wake-up call for anyone active in R&D, Innovation or Technology Transfer.

Robert Kirschbaum, Vice President Innovation of DSM, The Netherlands

From Science to Business is one of the most comprehensive books on university-industry relationships as it exists throughout the world. An interesting read !

Katharine Ku, Director Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University

This book is invaluable in defining how to make the linkage between firms and Universities more effective. More than ever, our world needs systemic innovations to make it more sustainable and this linkage constitutes one of the key elements in this process. Readers of this most insightful book will find much food for thought in this area.

Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama, Chairman of the Institute of Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. and former President of the University of Tokyo


This insightful work looks at how companies can leverage their innovative capacity and access valuable knowledge and insights from Universities, using the main channels for knowledge and technology transfer: collaborative research, licensing and spinning out start ups.

As our world demands considerable transformation to move to a more sustainable state, the case for effective partnerships between companies and universities is more compelling than ever. This indeed includes SMEs-small & medium-size companies. In this uniquely world-wide study, China & India are singled out as fast emerging of key sources of innovation for their dynamic markets, but also for the world.

Primarily addressed to managers and to personnel involved in knowledge and technology transfer, this book will also appeal to all those interested in the innovation process.

The Authors

Laurent Mieville and Professor Georges Haour combined their complimentary insights on technology transfer processes between firms and Universities to deliver an extensive analysis of the best practices that will allow Firms to add value by partnering with Universities.

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Georges Haour, Co-Author

Dr Georges Haour is Professor of Innovation & Technology Management at IMD, in Switzerland. He also acts as an adviser to companies world-wide on the management of R&D/ innovation, entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation.Up to recently he was associated with the innovation firm Sagentia (formerly Generics), in Cambridge, UK.

Born in Lyon, France, he obtained a PhD in Chemistry form University of Toronto, Canada. Prior to IMD, for nine years, he managed a 30 staff business unit at Battelle, in Geneva, carrying out innovation projects on behalf of firms. Several of his innovations have been licensed and generated substantial new activities for the client companies.

He has eight patents and more than 110 publications. Following Resolving the Innovation Paradox, also published with Palgrave, From Science to Business is his fourth book.

Laurent Mieville, Co-Author

Dr Laurent Mieville is Past President of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (, and Founder and Director of Unitec - the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Geneva. He has negotiated successfully more than 200 technology transfer and partnering deals with firms, including the creation of 15 spin-offs.

His previous business experience includes several years with Conductus Inc. and as consultant in the evaluation of the commercial potential of new technologies for Glenwood partners, a capital venture firm in Silicon Valley.

Laurent holds several degrees in Physics (MSc, PhD) as well as in economics (MBA) and spent more than ten years in research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Geneva and Stanford University (USA). He is one of the first internationally accredited Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and sits in their board of Governors.





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