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Accelerating advanced-materials commercialization

Long commercialization times, high capital costs and sustained uncertainty deter investment in innovation for advanced materials. With appropriate strategies, technology and market uncertainties can be reduced, and the commercialization of advanced materials accelerated.

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Figure 1: Position in the value chain.
Figure 2: Stages of venture capital investment for advanced-materials ventures.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the insight of the participants and the Pangaea Ventures team at the 2015 Advanced Materials Commercialization Summit, and financial support for this research by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada through an Initiatives in the New Economy grant. We thank C. Erickson and V. J. Thomas for constructive feedback.

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Maine, E., Seegopaul, P. Accelerating advanced-materials commercialization. Nature Mater 15, 487–491 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat4625

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