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Abstract

All commerce relies on effective strategies for completing a deal, but conducting the transaction at the university-industry interface with an intangible asset represented by research results remains a difficult proposition. Beyond differences of mission and culture, it is usually assumed that the established language of technology transfer can permit productive communication by a university across a wide diversity of industries. However, the experience of the authors indicates that an appreciation of aspects such as subtleties of language, conflicting goals, and market understanding must also be brought to bear in successfully completing a transaction. Information asymmetry remains a key challenge to overcome in this task, and the example of the food industry represents a special case. This article reviews key developments in technology transfer of food innovation across the university-industry interface in Ireland and suggests possible new directions for exploration in order to improve the effectiveness of this process.

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