Regional systems of biotechnology innovation - The case of Taiwan

Yu Shan Su, Feng Shang Wu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Regional innovation system (RIS) has become a key priority for policy makers in many advanced countries and regions. RIS, as a concept, has also been shown to be relevant and applicable to newly industrialized countries and developing economies. Nevertheless, very few studies discuss the issue based on the context of these countries. Thus, the study selects three biotechnology regional innovation systems in Taiwan, a representative of newly industrialized countries, as research subjects. In this research, Nankang RIS of new drug developments, Hsinchu RIS of medical electronics, and Sothern Taiwan RIS of medical devices are studied. Additionally, as more and more organizations within the regional cluster interact with other actors outside the region, previous literatures scarcely address the interactions between different clusters. Consequently, this study also investigates the issue of cross-RIS interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1


  • Biotechnology industry
  • Cross-RIS interaction
  • Regional innovation systems
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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