Scientific American WorldVIEW: Measuring Global Biotechnology Innovation

After months of preparation, the Scientific American worldVIEW project has launched.

I had the pleasure of serving as lead editorial consultant of this project, and my mission was to cut through the marketing messages and develop a coherent measure of biotechnology innovation on a country-by-country basis. You can hear me talk about the project and some of the findings here, and you visit the worldVIEW site here, and you can see the innovation scorecard here. My perspective on why, and how, biotechnology blossomed in the United States is here.

Update: You can see Jeremy Abbate, director of global media at Scientific American, and I discussing the project here.


  1. S Anand Kumar Ph.D
      May 19, 2009

    Excellent, Very timely,informative and useful . Please also include topics such as the application of modern biology for developing bioassays for quality assurance of biopharmaceuticals.
    Please keep us informed of the status of the pending legislation (in USA) on Follow-on Biologicals.
    Thanks for your effort in bringing Scientific American/Biotechnology

  2. books
      May 20, 2009

    Its good and its is very useful to science knowing all the informations and i think u should make some changes.
    Include some more information which is very important in biotechnology
    this is good. Thanks for your effort

  3. Geoff Walmsley
      Jun 24, 2009

    I have been looking at the category leaders charts, and am interested in the IP section. Can you explain why 8 out of 10 countries have the same score for this?

    Also is there a paper which details each of the measures?

  4. Egils Milbergs
      Jul 3, 2009

    I applaud this effort. As nation’s seek competitive advantage through innovation policymakers need timely and high quality benchmarks and metrics to inform policy. The worldVIEW team has produced a sophisticated analytic tool toward that end.

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