SHASHANK SHEKHAR TIWARI, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, UK
PRANAV N. DESAI, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY, INDIA
Abstract: The present paper is an attempt to explore the emerging stem cell innovation system in India. It is contended that the social capital in terms of linkages of various sorts can no longer be ignored to strengthen the innovation system and that the co-evolution of technology and institutions is yet to emerge. It seems that given the nature of complex technologies involved, there is a greater need felt for R&D and training collaboration and hence linkages of various types are taking place. For shaping futures for a balanced growth of this sector, the institutions in India will have to be geared towards greater coordination, promotion of greater knowledge flows at national as well international levels. This paper also analyses the strengths and barriers in the development of rapidly growing stem cell research in India along with future challenges.
Keywords: stem cell research; India; sectoral system of innovation; linkages.