The Biologists Imagination: Innovation in the Biosciences

Hardcover | June 18, 2014

byWilliam Hoffman, Leo Furcht

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Scholars and policymakers alike agree that innovation in the biosciences is key to future growth. The field continues to shift and expand, and it is certainly changing the way people live their lives in a variety of ways. But despite the lion's share of federal research dollars being devotedto innovation in the biosciences, the field has yet to live up to its billing as a source of economic productivity and growth. With vast untapped potential to imagine and innovate in the biosciences, adaptation of the innovative model is needed.In The Biologist's Imagination, William Hoffman and Leo Furcht examine the history of innovation in the biosciences, tracing technological innovation from the late eighteenth century to the present and placing special emphasis on how and where technology evolves. Place is key to innovation, from theearly industrial age to the rise of the biotechnology industry in the second half of the twentieth century. The book uses the distinct history of bioscientific innovation to discuss current trends as they relate to medicine, agriculture, biofuels, stem-cell research, neuroscience, and more. Ultimately, Hoffman and Furcht argue that, as things currently stand, we fall short in our efforts to innovate in the biosciences; our system of innovation is itself in need of innovation. It needs to adapt to the massive changes brought about by converging technologies, globalization in highereducation as well as in finance, and increases in entrepreneurship. The Biologist's Imagination is both an analysis of past models for bioscience innovation and a forward-looking, original argument for how future models should be developed.

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Scholars and policymakers alike agree that innovation in the biosciences is key to future growth. The field continues to shift and expand, and it is certainly changing the way people live their lives in a variety of ways. But despite the lion's share of federal research dollars being devotedto innovation in the biosciences, the field h...

William Hoffman has been a writer and editor in the University of Minnesota Medical School for more than three decades. He has worked closely with faculty in genetics and bioengineering and with the medical technology and bioscience industries. He also interacts with the research and policy communities around the world through the web...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199974594

ISBN - 13:9780199974597

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Ideas, progress, wealth, and the biological revolution2. Drugs, biomolecules, brains, and the shifting currents of innovation3. Regional bioinnovation: Reaping the harvest of the local and the global4. Mendel's journey from peas to petabytes5. Toning up universities for regional growth6. Splicing and dicing: Property, information, and the DNA of innovation7. Looking ahead as an industry evolvesConclusionChapter endnotesSelected bibliographyAcknowledgementsIndex