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NSF Innovation Survey – $330 Billion on R&D Spent in 2008

June 9, 2010 Leave a comment

U.S companies grossed nearly $11 trillion in worldwide sales and spent $330 billion on R&D in 2008

From the NSF report:

Companies located in the United States reported worldwide sales of $11 trillion in calendar year 2008 and spent $330 billion on research and development (R&D). Nearly $234 billion of the R&D expense was for R&D conducted in company facilities located in the United States. This is according to new figures from the National Science Foundation’s first ever Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) developed jointly with the U.S. Census Bureau.

[The new survey] will allow policymakers and industry officials to gain information about worldwide R&D expenses, R&D employee headcount by occupation category, R&D expenses by detailed business segments, and share of R&D devoted to new business areas and new science or technology activities. None of these capabilities existed with the previous survey, which solely focused on domestic R&D and asked few questions about the makeup of industry employees or a company’s ability to innovate technologically in the competitive global marketplace.

NSF Data Table [website]
NSF Press Release [website]

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UK Exploring New Translational Infrastructure – TICs

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

A new network of UK tech transfer centers based on industry segment hubs has been proposed and given the green light by government officials.

The proposed network of elite national technology and innovation centers (TICs) is “aimed at bridging the gap between academic research and technology commercialization by providing what is described as ‘translational infrastructure.’”

The network of TICs, based on recommendations from Cambridge venture capitalist, Dr Hermann Hauser, is summarized in his report, “The Current and Future Role of Technology and Innovation Centers in the UK” [Businessweekly; more]

Dr. Hauser’s Report [pdf]
UK Dept. For Business Innovation & Skills [website]

Report: Angel Investing Drops in 2009

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

” A newly released report has found that angel investors still fear to tread near start-up companies.

According to analysis by Jeffrey Sohl, director of the University of New Hampshire Center for Venture Research at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, the total amount of angel investments in the United States last year was $17.6 billion, a decrease of 8.3 percent from 2008 investments of $19.2 billion.

The total number of deals, however, increased to 57,225, up from 55,480 in 2008.”

View the [report, pdf]
Center for Venture Research [website]

Categories: Report, Venture capital

New Study: Universities Driving Economic Development in the Innovation Economy

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

A report published this month by SUNY suggests a new “knowledge first” paradigm for colleges and universities in promoting state and regional economic development.

Highlights of the report authored by David Shaffer and David Wright of the Rockefeller Institute of Government:

“In states across America, higher education institutions and systems are working to become key drivers of economic development and community revitalization. They are:

  • Putting their research power to work by developing new ideas that will strengthen the country’s competitive edge in the new economy — and then by helping to deploy those innovations into commercial use.
  • Providing a wide range of knowledge-focused services to businesses and other employers, including customized job-training programs, hands-on counseling, technical help, and management assistance.
  • Embracing a role in the cultural, social, and educational revitalization of their home communities.
  • And, most fundamentally, educating people to succeed in the innovation age.”

Read the Press Release
Read the full Report [PDF]
Rockefeller Inst. of Government [website]

IEEE Spectrum’s 2010 Patent Power Rankings Published

March 24, 2010 Leave a comment

The Patent Power scorecard ranks companies, universities, and research institutions by their US patent portfolio. In summary,

“Japanese companies rise to the top of IEEE Spectrum’s Patent Power rankings thanks to shrinking U.S. innovation pipelines.”

” Based on data from 2009, out of the 323 leading organizations in the scorecards, 65 (20 percent) are Japanese. This percentage is markedly higher than in the 2007 scorecards, in which 45 out of 319 companies (14 percent) were Japanese.”

And, an interesting side-note on the university scorecard:

For 2009, the top five universities are: Texas, California, Central Florida, Iowa State, and Washington… Quite a shift from 2007 when the top 5 were, MIT, CalTech, Harvard, California, and Rice.

IEEE Spectrum [Patent Power Scorecards]
Patent Power Scorecard [View by Industry Segment]
How the Rankings are calculated [About]

Nat’l Venture Capital Assoc. 2010 Report Released – VC Data/Analysis for 2009

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

“Exits and fundraising remain challenging. But the industry is very much open for business…”

Also, from the report:

“The NVCA 2010 Yearbook provides a summary of all of venture capital activity in the U.S. This ranges from investments into portfolio companies to capital managed by general partners to fundraising from limited partners to valuations of companies receiving VC investments to exits of the investments by either IPOs or M&A.”

Selected data points:

  • VCs raised half the money in 2009 than they did in 2008
  • Industry capital under management is down to $179.4 billion from a peak of $276.7 billion
  • Corporate VC groups provided 7% of the capital invested in 2009 and participated in 13% of the rounds, both down from recent years
  • California-domiciled VCs invested in companies in 33 states

2010 NVCA Yearbook [read more]
National Venture Capital Association [http://www.nvca.org]

Fixing Tech Transfer – Rethinking the Profit Motive

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

” The subject of how effective universities are at commercializing technologies they develop is a suddenly hot topic. Prodded in part by the Kauffman Foundation’s critical and controversial call this winter for turning academic inventors into free agents to stimulate innovation, the federal government convened university and industry leaders last month to discuss how to speed the movement of research into the market place.” [insideHigher ed; read more]

Related article: The Need to “Do Even More”