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DBV’S Pierre-Henri Benhamou:
Bringing Innovation to Market

1585,Locaux-DBV-2

The Challenge You’re a French doctor specializing in pediatric gastroenterology who teamed up with two partners—Engineer Bertrand Dupont and Professor Christophe Dupont—to explore a novel idea: a diagnostic patch able to detect cow milk allergies in children. The idea soon evolves into a potential treatment for dangerous allergic reactions to cow’s milk and peanuts, for which there are currently no effective ...

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Impediments to Tech Transfer—and Solutions

The Impediments Universities, federal labs and research institutes do not have adequate incentives to commercialize ideas. These “idea factories” have an incentive to charge large, up-front royalties rather than accept shares in successful start-ups that may not yield gains for several years. Ph.D. inventors inside these idea factories do not have enough personal connections with business-minded people with MBAs. Tech ...

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