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The European Biotechnology Innovation System (EBIS) project aimed to identify whether the development of biotechnology in Europe is mainly influenced by national or sectoral factors, and to consider the implications for biotechnology policy both at a European and national level. It also aimed to increase theoretical understanding and empirical knowledge about 'national systems of innovation' (NSI).
Case studies were prepared of biotechnology developments in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. They focused on three sectors of biotechnology: bio-pharmaceuticals, agro-food and research equipment and supplies. The national case studies contain a review of four networks relating to each sector - knowledge and skills, industry and supply, demand and social acceptability, and finance and industrial development - and the links between them. The results of the project draw on the national case studies, sectoral overviews and analysis of a database of firms active in biotechnology in the eight countries. They also consider US and European competitiveness in the three sectors, and take account of EC and US policy for the science base, patenting and SMEs.

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