Journal article

The research commercialisation agenda: a concerning development for public health research

Research institutes Research methodology Medicine Public health Australia
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DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12930 50.33 KB

Key points:

  • Funding of health research on the basis of prospects for commercialisation will always disadvantage public good research fields, including public health, which are less likely to produce outputs of a commercial nature, but significantly improve health and wellbeing.
  • Health and medical researchers are increasingly being urged to commercialise their research by patenting, licensing and forming close partnerships with industry, a directive based on the assumption that this generates maximum commercial and societal benefit through quicker introduction of socially useful knowledge and products.
  • Funding systems that do not prioritise population health and healthcare improvement may result in research gaps.
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