I am continuing my studies on the three high-tech industrial sectors that the Chair has analyzed from its start, in 2001: aerospace, biopharmaceuticals, and information technologies. At this moment, I am preparing a special issue of BioMedical Research International, with the collaboration of Professors Tomas Bas, Dilek Cetindamar, Andreas Pyka, and Shyama Ramani, plus other collaborators. The theme is “biosimilar drugs”, the most active area of pharmaceutical activity. Many emerging countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, and Mexico, to name a few, but also advanced countries such as Canada, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland, are promoting the development of these advanced medicaments. Biosimilars are the way to learning in the pharmaceutical industries, and industrial catching up in emerging countries.
I have another project in the making with Dr. Xue Han, who is committed to a second PhD under my supervision, on the solar photovoltaic sector, its clusters, its technological dynamics, international catching up, and the role of universities. We have produced three papers, one of which is already accepted for publication, another is revised and has been resubmitted, and the third will be submitted momentarily. The sectoral innovation system approach is used here. We presented the three papers on the subject in different congresses in the summer 2015.
I am working with another PhD student, Mohamed Tawfik, on the costs and risks of cloud computing, the area of engineering on which he is specialised. Two papers are in the making. Mohamed has already submitted his dissertation and the defense will take place at any time now.
Finally I have another PhD student, Amir Taherizadeh, on business model innovation, and we are preparing a paper – a literature review – on the subject to be submitted to another journal.
With Professor Maureen McKelvey (Sweden) I am preparing a paper on “innovation cascades” in biotechnology. It was presented in PICMET in August 2015.
I keep on working, this time alone – on macro-economic issues such as national innovation systems. I am interested in both advanced countries (such as Canada) and emerging ones (particularly in Latin America). I am preparing a presentation for the Schumpeter Society (Montreal, July 6-8, 2016) discussing what is needed in emerging countries to complete and upgrade their national innovation systems. Argentina and Canada will most probably take an important part in this research.
In a longer term I am preparing solo a book on Argentina’s national innovation system and a rehearsal of Canada’s innovation system, a book I published in 2000.