Clearing 2021
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The Role of Public Research in the Development of COVID Vaccine: heroes or laggards?

Scholarly debate co-hosted with Essex Business School and Birkbeck, University of London. We warmly invite you to join this discussion on the extent to which the COVID vaccine development can serve as a template for future innovation policy.

  • Mon 22 Mar 21

    11:00 - 12:00

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  • Event speaker

    Professor Suma Athreye (Essex Business School) and Professor Daniele Archibugi (Birkbeck, University of London)

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Professor Suma Athreye

This event will be co-hosted by Essex Business School, University of Essex and Birkbeck, University of London.

Event details

Universities, public sector labs and private firms in the pharmaceutical industry worked tirelessly to discover a vaccine to combat COVID-19 within less than a year.

Professors Daniele Archibugi (Birkbeck, University of London) and Suma Athreye (Essex Business School, University of Essex) will outline slightly different views about the role of public research in this discovery, which we want to use as a starting point for scholarly debate on the extent to which vaccine development can serve as a template for future innovation policy.

Key areas that we will explore are:

  • Was the contribution of public sector research bodies greater when compared to their private sector counterparts?
  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine an exemplar of mission oriented innovation policy?
  • Were the rewards of success distributed fairly and will it influence the future transfer of knowledge from the public science base for other global challenges?
  • Where are the areas of policy innovation?

This is not an exhaustive list and we look forward to insights from the audience.

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