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University spin-offs: Opportunity or challenge?

With industrial research increasingly under pressure to produce rapid profits, and universities rightly concerned with primary research, can university spin-off companies fill the gap between invention and commercialization?

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Peng, X. University spin-offs: Opportunity or challenge?. Nature Mater 5, 923–925 (2006).

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