Keywords: industry innovation, industry competitiveness, regional competition, regional growth, knowledge hub, nanotechnology, ethics, university-industry partnership, new technologies
Knowledge transfer and industry innovation: the discovery of nanotechnology by South-West Sydney organisations
This paper presents an innovative initiative of a regional university stimulating the development of a knowledge hub around nanotechnology applications to businesses. The paper argues that the regional industry structure and competitiveness can be influenced by this type of university-industry partnership that initiate, share, facilitate and transfer new technologies and practices. At the same time the paper indicates the social and ethical impact of introducing radical new technologies.