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Dalpé, Robert

Associate Professor


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Dalpé, Robert

Research expertise

Governments in industrialized countries are heavily involved in the development of science and technology. They have strongly supported advances in military technology and, more recently, health research.

My research concerns public policy that guides the priorities and scope of research and scientific organizations. This policy currently emphasizes different forms of interaction with the private sector, in an effort to maximize the economic spin-off of public investment. Commercializing research through patents, licences and spinoffs is becoming a priority.

My current research looks at commercialization activities in the biotechnology sector in the United States and Canada. The results show the diversity of practices depending on university researchers' strategies and perceptions, their research goals and business opportunities for industry.

Areas of expertise


  • Robert Dalpé, Louise Bouchard and Daniel Ducharme, "The production, diffusion, and use of knowledge in biotechnology: The discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes", in Michael D. Mehta, ed., Biotechnology Unglued: The Impact of Biotechnology on Social Cohesion, UBC Press, 2005, p. 161-180.
  • "Interaction between Public Research Organizations and Industry in Biotechnology", Managerial and Decision Economics, vol. 24, no 2-3, p. 171-185, Mars-Mai 2003.
  • Robert Dalpé, Louise Bouchard, Anne-Julie Houle et Louis Bédard, "Watching the Race to Find the Breast Cancer Genes", Science, Technology and Human Values, vol. 28, no 2, printemps 2003, p. 187-216.
  • Robert Dalpé et Frances Anderson, "National Priorities in Academic Research - Strategic Research and Contracts in Renewable Energies", Research Policy, vol. 24, no 4, 1995, p. 563-581.
  • Robert Dalpé, Chris DeBresson et Hu Ziaoping, "The Public Sector as First user of Innovations", Research Policy, vol. 21, no 3, juin 1992, p. 251-263.

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