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Bionetworking in Asia - International collaboration, exchange, and responsible innovation in the life sciences

  • Start date: 01 December 2011
  • End date: 28 February 2015

The project Bionetworking in Asia aims to uncover how international life science collaborations deal with ‘differences’ between research institutions in countries with high- and low-incomes. It examines how public health concerns and policies, and varying healthcare systems and epidemiological analyses are reflected in the needs, preferences and behaviour of stakeholders and established international research standards. It further investigates how these differences translate into the bargaining position of researchers, patients and scientists.

Building on observations of scientists, managers and patients, it analyses ways in which regional differences and inequalities play a role in the ‘bionetworks’ used for patient recruitment and international research agreements. Bionetworking is a social entrepreneurial activity involving biomedical research, healthcare and patient networks that are maintained by taking advantage of regionally differences in levels of science and technology, healthcare, education and regulatory regimes.

The research uses methods of participant observation, interview, backward mapping, option creation, and social network analysis to examine international science collaborations in the fields of experimental stem cell therapies and biobanking in Asia. The research results aim to reveal how knowledge of informal patient-, research- and hospital networks can be translated into improved guidance for research collaboration, patient support and policy guidelines.

  • Outputs (7)