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					Entrepreneurial Professors
and Secrecy in Science:
Variations and Impact
    Karen Seashore Louis
    University of Minnesota
    Eric G Campbell
    Harvard University
Faculty Entrepreneurs and Secrecy: What
are the Issues?
n   Entrepreneurship is common practice in
    academic life sciences
    q   Bayh-Dole encourages commercial application
    q   State legislatures want universities to play a key role in
        economic development
    q   Many public universities see technology transfer as a
        potential source of funds to offset declining state
        contributions
    q   Faculty see commercial activities as a mechanism to offset
        the wage differential between academia and industry
What are the issues?
n   Secrecy is related to entrepreneurship
    q   Blumenthal et al research has shown commercial activities
        are associated with:
        n   Trade secrecy
        n   Denials of requests for information, data and materials related
            to published research
        n   Negative effects on graduate education
n   Universities are concerned about conflict of
    commitment
    q   Increased reporting requirements
    q   oversight in some institutions on both time and money
What are the ethical issues?

n   Why is secrecy a problem for science policy
    and practice?
    q   Reduces ability to replicate published research
    q   Reduces ability to extend published research
    q   Negative effect on graduate training
    q   Reduces shared sense of purpose
    q   Likely results in inefficiencies in the research
        system.
Research Questions

1)   What are there different types of entrepreneurship
     among life scientists?
2)   What is the relationship between entrepreneurial
     behavior and experiences with secrecy within the
     scientific community?
3)   What individual and career factors, including
     secrecy, predict entrepreneurship?
Methods

n   NIH funded study of Secrecy in Science
    (Blumenthal, Campbell, et al, 2006; Vogeli, et
    al, 2006; Louis, et al, 2002)
n   Sample of 2893 life scientists (faculty) at the
    100 most research-intensive U.S. universities
n   1849 responded (64%)
Question #1: Are There Entrepreneurial
Types?
n   16 Items indicating entrepreneurial behavior (last 3 years):
    □   Company Founder
    □   Officer/Exec. Board Member Of A Company
    □   Scientific Advisory Bd Member
    □   Consultant For Pay
    □   Research Led To Patent Application
    □   Research Led To Patent Issued
    □   Research Led To Patent Licensed
    □   Research Led To Trade Secrets
    □   Research Led To Product Under Review
    □   Research Led To Product On Market
    □   Research Led To Start-up
    □   Getting Royalties
    □   Getting Equity
    □   Getting Industry $ For Students
    □   Getting Gifts For Research
    □   Getting Grants/Contracts
Question #1: Factor Analysis
n   Four distinct factors emerged:
    q   Research Entrepreneurs: High loadings on items
        involving research funding from industry
    q   Innovation Entrepreneurs: High loadings on items
        involving patenting and early-stage commercialization
    q   Commercializing Entrepreneurs: Having products in the
        market and receiving royalties.
    q   Leadership Entrepreneurs: High loadings on items
        involving founding or directing companies
n   The four factors account for 53% of the variance in
    the 16 items.
n   FACTOR ANALYSIS.entrepreneur.doc
Q2: The Relationship between
Entrepreneurship and Secrecy
n   Two variables:
    q   Don’t Ask – a single question:
        n   How often have you refrained from asked other scientists for
            information because you think that you will be denied?
        n   A four point scale, with 1=often and 4= never. Mean/SD=
            3.02/.93.
    q   Deny – the individual’s response to requests for seven
        types of information (lab techniques, findings, phenotype information, genetic
        sequences, biomaterials, research tools or other).
        n   A four point scale for each was recoded into a yes/no
        n   Items were added to obtain a total “denying” score; 14% of the
            respondents reported having denied or significantly delayed a
            request.
    Q3: Entrepreneurship and Secrecy

n   CORRELATIONS.SECRECY&ENTREP.DOC
n   Innovative and Commercializing Entrepreneurs –
    those who are patenting or bringing their own
    research to market – are more likely to deny other’s
    requests.
n   Research Entrepreneurs are not hesitant to ask
    others for information, but Innovative, Leadership,
    and Commercializing Entrepreneurs are significantly
    more likely to say that they don’t ask.
Q 3: What Predicts Research
Entrepreneurship?
n   RESEARCH ENTREP REGRESSION.DOC
n   In sum, the research entrepreneur is a scientist
    whose research involves human subjects, is male, a
    typical “highly productive” in traditional faculty roles,
    while also engaging in innovative entrepreneurial
    activities.
n   Research Entrepreneurs are much less likely than
    others to indicate that they don’t ask for information
    from other scientists.
    Q2: What Predicts Innovative
    Entrepreneurs?
n   INNOV ENTRE REGRESSION.doc
n   In sum, the Innovative Entrepreneur is likely
    to be male, highly published, and unlikely to
    be involved in any other form of
    entrepreneurship.
n   Innovative Entrepreneurs are much more
    likely to indicate that they have denied or
    delayed requests for materials and
    information.
    Q2: What Predicts Commercializing
    Entrepreneurs?
n   COMMERC ENTREP REGRESSION.rtf
n   In sum, commercializing faculty conduct research
    using human subjects, are highly productive in
    traditional faculty roles (publishing, supporting
    students), and work in collaborative groups. They
    are also less likely to be research and innovation
    entrepreneurs.
n   Commecializing entrepreneurs are not more llikely
    to deny materials to others, nor to ask for other’s
    materials and data/information.
    Q2: What Predicts Leadership
    Entrepreneurs?
n   LEADERSHIP ENTREP REGRESSION.rtf
n   In sum, the model does not predict leadership
    entrepreneurial activity well. Becoming involved in
    founding or running companies is, apparently, rather
    idiosyncratic.
n   Leadership entrepreneurs are much more likely
    indicate that they don’t ask other scientists for
    information and materials.
Summary
1)   The four forms of entrepreneurship are distinct,
     and do not represent a developmental path for
     individuals
2)   Research entrepreneurs are best viewed as
     outstanding bench scholars in a traditional
     mode.
3)   Innovation and Commercializing entrepreneurs
     probably represent different disciplines (those
     using human subjects and those who do not)
4)   Leadership entrepreneurs cannot be predicted;
     becoming a leadership entrepreneur is not
     explained by the factors in our model.
Implication....
n   Confirms previous research: some kinds of
    entrepreneurship are associated with secrecy.
    q Commercializers and innovators are “selling
      things” and are more likely to be secretive..
    q Secrecy is a fundamental component of the
      marketing of research
Implication....

n   Openness is a scientific value; applying science is a
    social and economic value
    q If we limit or reduce secrecy will we depress
      innovating and commercializing entrepreneurial
      activities, which are socially valued?
n   Increasing translational research activities in
    universities may, inevitably, increase secrecy
Policy Issues for Oversight...
n   Do we need more information about how entrepreneurial
    activities are affecting science...
    q Delays?

    q Patenting and material transfers?

    q Costs to research programs in high social priority
      areas (genetics as a prime example)
n   Should federal policy mandate openness -- require
    deposit of all biomaterials prior to publication?
n   How effective are current educational programs in
    dealing with entrepreneurialism and secrecy?
n   How do current university conflict of interest and
    oversight policies distinguish different types of
    entrepreneurship?

				
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