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The innovation dynamics of the biopharmaceutical industry: new theories about technological change in monoclonal antibodies development

Grant number: 17/18500-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2018
Effective date (End): January 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal Investigator:Hillegonda Maria Dutilh Novaes
Grantee:Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva
Supervisor: Melissa Schilling
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: New York University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:15/24133-5 - The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for health in Brazil: the role of institutional and political framework in the development of research on Monoclonal Antibodies, BP.PD


The main goal of this research internship abroad is to advance the theoretical and methodological framework dedicated to the study of the dynamics of innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry. It proposes a vast documentary research project focused on the analysis of new theories, concepts, methods and instruments to measure health innovation activity in industrialized countries. Among the tools investigated are those related to strategic technological alliances (STAs), networks, technological shocks and technological collaboration. These tools help to understand the recent institutional changes of pharmaceutical companies, in order to introduce new technological, production and market abilities in so-called monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). It is fundamental for advancing the main research project in Brazil (FAPESP grant #15/24133-5), which investigates how the new biopharmaceutical industry has required an institutional reconfiguration of national innovation systems to ensure greater dynamism in medical innovation. The internship will take place at New York University Stern School of Business, under the supervision of Prof. PhD. Melissa A. Schilling. The aim is to acquire the ability to critically analyze the innovation dynamics of the biopharmaceutical industry at a prestigious research center abroad, in order to enable the construction of academic competence on the subject at a research institution in the state of São Paulo.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DA SILVA, RENAN G. L.; FISCHER, BRUNO B.; SCHAEFFER, PAOLA R.; NOVAES, HILLEGONDA M. D.. The industry of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies in Brazil: Public policies as instruments of technology upgrading. SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY, v. 50, n. 1, p. 17-pg., . (17/18500-0, 15/24133-5)
AU, LARRY; DA SILVA, RENAN GONCALVES LEONEL. Globalizing the Scientific Bandwagon: Trajectories of Precision Medicine in China and Brazil. SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & HUMAN VALUES, v. 46, n. 1, . (17/18500-0, 15/24133-5)
MARIA CONCEIÇÃO DA COSTA; RENAN GONÇALVES LEONEL DA SILVA. A dinâmica do conhecimento biomédico e em saúde: uma interpretação sociológica. Sociologias, v. 21, n. 50, p. 18-47, . (15/24133-5, 16/20638-8, 17/18500-0)

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