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Nature Index Science Inc. 2017

Large corporations are retreating from high-stakes investments in basic research. They are instead outsourcing the production of knowledge needed to drive innovation to academic and government institutions. Nature Index Science Inc. 2017 investigates the changing role of corporate institutions in the world of science and the costs and benefits to high-quality research of these evolving arrangements. 

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Companies have stepped back from in-house science and are relying heavily on external institutions for knowledge.

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A graphic overview of corporate–academic relationships, and how the balance of output has changed.

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The withdrawal of large US corporations from research is narrowing the scope of innovation.

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Life science companies are missing out on the benefits of open innovation.

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Academic life isn’t for everyone. Here we profile scientists who have made the switch from academia to industry, all motivated by a desire to see their discoveries translated into real-world solutions.

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Exploring complementary strengths is the key to success in industry–academia science partnerships.

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The Japanese government wants to lure more industry funding into universities, but companies need to be convinced they’ll get value.

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A description of the terminology and methodology used in this supplement, and a guide to the functionality available free online at natureindex.com.

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