The Race to Commercialize Biotechnology

Molecules, Market and the State in Japan and the US

By Steven Collins

© 2004 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

This comparative study looks at the early development of biotechnology in the US and Japan. Drawing on primary and secondary sources it traces the historical roots of recombinant DNA technology, discusses the tensions between regulation and promotional policies and identifies the major actors and strategies that launched biotechnology in both countries. Developing several strands of theory in economic history, science and technology policy, the book proposes a simple model that relates the differences in the two countries' responses to variations in the availability of institutional, financial and organizational resources needed to commercialize the new technology.

About the Author

Steven W. Collins is Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington.

About the Series

Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General