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Government strategies and commercial models: the politics of the global stem cell bioeconomy

Stem cell science and its potential commercial applications form part of the global bio-economy of the life sciences where countries compete for national advantage. In working to enhance their global competitive position, states may introduce a range of policies to support and develop stem cell science, such as investment in basic and translational science, strategic coordination of the science, public-private partnerships between science and industry, regulation to maintain public trust, and intellectual property legislation to increase venture capital confidence and investment. States may also seek to influence international agreements, conventions and legislation as a means for protecting and enhancing their global advantage. Precisely what strategy, if any, is adopted depends not only on a government's understanding of the stem cell science-market relationship but also on its response to the local and regional factors (political, economic and cultural) that may influence and shape that relationship. 

The aim of the postdoctoral fellowship is to draw on the resources, networks and empirical material of the ESRC's 'Global politics of human embryonic stem cell science' project to develop the fellow's interdisciplinary theoretical capacity and skills with regard to the contribution of the state to the politics of the global stem cell bio-economy.

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