Contributing to the public benefit through the creation and dissemination of knowledge is the main mission of universities and public research institutes.
Traditionally, this involves the full and free disclosure of academic research results, for instance through teaching and scientific publications. Undoubtedly, the generation and spreading of free knowledge is and will remain an essential social role of academic institutes. However, it may not be the most effective approach for transforming academic research into new products and services. Particularly in the Health sector, the development of commercially viable products is expensive and time-consuming.
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