True Impact of the Bayh-Dole Act

Addressing the True Impact of the Bayh-Dole Act Since the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, many researchers have debated its contribution to the transfer of technology from universities to industry. Some credit the act as an engine of economic growth responsible for the emergence of the biotechnology industry. Critics say that the law decreased data sharing and basic research and increased health care costs. Others think that the act had little impact and that changes in university patenti...
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Women in Top Tech Companies

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In 2014, many of the top tech companies released information on their employee diversity demographics for the first time, bringing attention to the low representation of women in top tech companies. This post looks beyond these numbers. How are tech companies responding to this gender imbalance? The top five tech companies by market cap are, in order: Apple, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. The gender balance of each company’s workforce is in the table below: All of ...
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Startups of the Season

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While the holiday season approaches, educational toys are in high demand. Some of the most innovative new toys are produced by startups. For many of these toys, they began with an entrepreneur who saw a need to integrate play and learning. According to the most recent statistics, the United States toy market is worth $21.18 billion. In 2015, the industry surpassed growth expectations, which is especially impressive when compared to the overall retail industry, which grew 0.7 percent less than...
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Innovation Weekly Roundup: 12/02/16

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about innovation this week: Closing the Gender Patenting Gap Could Unlock Innovation Barbara Gault, Executive Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research A study by the Institute for Women’s Policy research has quantified the gender difference in patenting. The IWPR claims women’s underrepresentation in STEM fields is a m...
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Innovation Weekly Roundup: 11/18/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about innovation this week: On the Trail of Grassroots Innovation Across America Eillie Anzilotti, CityLab Fellow While technological innovation and commercial developments garner the most press, social innovation impacts daily life in tangible ways. The Cooper Hewitt Museum’s exhibit on grassroots innovation demonstrates the...
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Innovation Weekly Roundup: 11/11/16

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about innovation this week: Silicon Valley Reels in Wake of Trump's Presidential Victory Joshua Brustein and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg Silicon Valley tech giants became unlikely political players in this election cycle. The results of the election leave the Valley in an uncertain position. Clinton received 114 times the amount...
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Women in STEM: Closing the Gap

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Economists around the world emphasize the benefits of integrating more women into the workforce. While we are seeing slow growth in women’s presence in many sectors, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields at the core of innovation seem to be especially lacking in girl power. In 2014, women comprised approximately 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. Within the innovation-focused STEM fields, women only account for about 19.5 percent. This underrepresentation of women is not...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 11/04/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week's most important Innovation and Entrepreneurship news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Clocking In: Small Business and Overtime Regulation Catherine Kirby, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation In December, new US Department of Labor regulations on overtime pay eligibility will come into effect. These regulations will drastically increase the min...
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