Don't go public, go private

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Private investors have a lot to offer universities who are interested in developing and commercializing new technologies. Michael N. Helmus and Anil K. Rao describe how such partnerships can work in practice.

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Figure 1: There are a variety of risks (for example, technical, commercial and intellectual property risks) that must be managed to transfer new technology into commercial products.


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Helmus, M., Rao, A. Don't go public, go private. Nature Nanotech 2, 735–736 (2007) doi:10.1038/nnano.2007.393

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