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Creative Class Group - From Border Barriers to Bi-National Promise

In partnership with the Creative Class Group, a boutique advisory services firm founded by Richard Florida, Global CONNECT developed a report that found that in today's increasingly global "borderless economy" both the U.S. and Mexico would benefit significantly from establishing a "frictionless border," one that enables the border to act as a platform for economic development and growth rather than a bottleneck created by Homeland Security policies.  Entitled "From Border Barriers to Bi-National Promise", the repot utilizes the San Diego-Tijuana region as a case study to understand impact these policies have on the citizens who live and work in the region.  The research team analyzed numerous existing studies and news articles, as well as conducted in-person interviews with dozens of business, community, and government officials on both sides of the border to hear their personal stories and vision for what a frictionless U.S. and Mexico border could be like.  Download "From Border Barriers to Bi-National Promise."


US Studies Centre Report

The United States Studies Centre commissioned Global CONNECT to conduct an analysis of the development of San Diego’s biotechnology sector over the past 35 years to provide insights that may be applicable to the Australian context. The research focuses on the important factors that contributed to the development of the cluster, while more deeply exploring several key issues identified in the first phase of the Australian portion of the project. These issues include understanding the context in which San Diego’s research capabilities and biotech cluster emerged, the interaction with various levels of government, the role of early successes and flagship companies, the function and importance of intermediary organizations that support life science companies, and descriptions of two recent efforts by the San Diego community to pursue new multi‐disciplinary opportunities in stem cell and algae biofuel technologies. Download US Studies Centre Report

Biocrossroads Report: Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World

BioCrossroads (CICP Foundation, Inc.) commissioned Global CONNECT to assist in the analysis of Indiana’s remarkable achievements and potential for growth in the global orthopedic device sector. The following report draws heavily upon research by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice – both a 2001 study and an update to that work completed in 2009. In addition, a community study which included a number of in‐depth interviews and facilitated discussions with key business and community leaders in the Warsaw region, and input from distinguished orthopedic surgeons, were also utilized in the creation of this report. The integration of all of this information and research has resulted in a picture of a currently robust, respected and globally competitive orthopedics device cluster in Warsaw, Indiana. The report underscores the value of this cluster for the region and for the entire state’s long term economic competitiveness and identifies some emerging challenges to the industry. Finally, and most importantly, the process of putting this report together has resulted in a number of insights about opportunities within Warsaw and across north central Indiana which, if strategically pursued, will further ensure the long‐term sustainability and enhance the growth of this immensely productive sector. Download Biocrossroads Report


Integrating and Enhancing the BC Knowledge Transfer System

The British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) and the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) began a strategic review of the province’s knowledge transfer systems and university-industry collaboration. With AVED serving as the lead government Ministry responsible for research and innovation in BC, and BCIC having the lead role for applied research and commercialization in the province, these organizations have a strong interest in ensuring that knowledge and technology transfer take place in an efficient and effective manner in all regions of the province. This report describes the characteristics and best practices that are relevant to the province on the topics of collaboration and knowledge transfer mechanisms. The best practices are based on research, observations, and experience that the project team has gained in conducting this review and from working relationships with leading innovative regions worldwide. In addition to BC, the regions specifically examined for this review are the Silicon Valley and San Diego in California; the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina (the location of the Research Triangle Park); St. Louis, Missouri; and Stockholm, Sweden. Our comparative analysis has also selected the large research universities in those regions that have medical schools for a more in-depth examination of university-industry collaboration. The universities chosen for review are the University of British Columbia (UBC); Stanford University; the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), and Washington University in St. Louis. Download British Columbia Report

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Last updated July 17, 2012


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