Author Archives: John T. Scott

Perspective: Is the Bayh-Dole Act Stifling Biomedical Innovation?


This article is in Infrastructure for a Stormy Future, Winter 2018


The productivity of biomedical research has fallen dramatically during the past three decades. For example, Nicholas Bloom and colleagues, in a 2017 National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, found that productivity in cancer research (measured as the ratio between years of life saved per one hundred thousand people and the number of publications reporting […]

Real Numbers: The Small Business Innovation Research Program


This article is in Social Science and Environmental Policy, Summer 2012


The Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 created the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to stimulate technological innovation, to use small businesses of 500 or fewer employees to meet federal R&D needs, to foster and encourage participation of minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and to increase private sector commercialization of innovations […]