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Spinning

Poll #1014297 Commercial spin

What do you call it when a university pays for research which then, being commercially viable, is put into a subsidiary or independent commercial firm for manufacture and sales?

spin-off
29(87.9%)
spin-out
3(9.1%)


This poll is brought to you by a conference paper I attended this weekend. I had a lovely time up in Manchester (at one of my very favorite conferences) and Preston, and have seen snowdrifted and pittenweem (House Guest of the Week) today at opposite ends of the country from each other.

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mithent
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
I believe it's also called technology transfer?
owlfish
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
It's an example of tech transfer, but that term also refers to a much broader range of practice - any example of the geographic or cultural translation of knowledge about a technology from one place to another. (In other words, it's a term that can be used to describe the diffusion of stone axes just as much as spin-o**s.
mutabbal
Jul. 7th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
If the spin-off venture is a failure, it has spun out. I've heard "spin-off" used many times in business contexts, but "spin-out" is more for cars in high-speed accidents.
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