Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2005/12: Knowledge Bases and Spatial Patterns of Collaboration: Comparing the Pharma and Agro-Food Bioregions Scania and Saskatoon

Lars Coenen (), Jerker Moodysson (), Camille Ryan (), Bjørn Asheim () and Peter Phillips ()
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Lars Coenen: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: PO Box 117, Sölvegatan 16, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Jerker Moodysson: Department oSocial and Economic Geography, Lund University, Postal: Sölvegatan 12, 223 62 Lund, Sweden
Camille Ryan: Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Postal: Saskatoon, Canada,
Bjørn Asheim: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: PO Box 117, Sölvegatan 16, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Peter Phillips: Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Postal: Saskatoon, Canada

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to compare the spatial patterns of innovation and knowledge linkages of a biopharmaceutical and an agro-food biotech cluster. Dissimilarities can be expected based on substantial differences in terms of historical technological regimes and sectoral innovation system dynamics between the agro-food and pharmaceutical industries in general and particularly the distinctive analytic (science- based) knowledge base of biopharmaceuticals in contrast with the more synthetic (engineering-based) knowledge base of agro-food biotechnology. Empirically the study compares co-publications and co-patents of main actors for two typical cases: a in Scania, Sweden and an agro-food biotech clusterbiopharmaceutical cluster in Saskatoon, Canada.

Keywords: Innovation systems; agro-food biotech cluster; agro-food biotech cluster

JEL-codes: O30

30 pages, December 1, 2005

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