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In the last decade innovation policy in Europe has focused on supporting the development of high technology sectors. In the case of biotechnology, policy-makers in European countries have developed a variety of different policy concepts and instruments with the goal of fostering innovation in this field. EPOHITE deepened into the question whether and under which conditions innovation policy has been effective and explored the practices of policymaking systems that lead to effective public support by linking two elements: the national policy approaches implemented (inputs) and the performance of the respective national innovation systems in developing and commercializing biotechnology (outputs). EPOHITE recognized the difficulties in identifying direct links between specific policies and outcomes. For this reason the analysis started from a comprehensive and systematic view of national approaches to support biotechnology rather than focusing on specific policies. Furthermore, the analysis tried to take into account the fact that there are other factors besides policies that influence innovation processes and performance.
The project combined quantitative and qualitative research tools and explored effectiveness from two different perspectives: from the micro-level through interviews with the actors involved in the innovation process and from the macro-level through national case studies that studied the national performance in biotechnology and the policy-making systems in each country.

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