Introduction: Biotechnology in Comparative Perspective – Regional Concentration and Industry Dynamics Gerhard Fuchs Biotechnology is widely acknowledged as one of competed for a given amount of public funding. the key technologies. Biotechnology provides a The contest has obviously led to a dynamic growth broad spectrum of applications which, at the in the number of biotech firms and the situation moment, can be foreseen only partially. The of the biotechnology industry in Germany in industry itself is growing rapidly. Policy planners general has quite improved over the last years. For have looked with great interest at this industry a long time the United Kingdom seemed to be the which is in special need of financial assistance. seat of the only European biotechnology industry For a long time, promotion of biotechnology of importance. Meanwhile, Germany pretty much was technology-oriented and most studies have closed the gap with the U.K. The state of Baden- examined the experiences of the technological and Württemberg in the South West of Germany economic forerunner, the United States. Attempts features three so-called BioRegios. One of them have also been made to understand the dynamics (the Rhine-Neckar-Triangle) was among the of innovation and the role played by multina-
Small Business Economics – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 3, 2004
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