Separate but Equal Partners is Key Strategy for Successful Triple Helix Collaboration

The need for well defined roles, disclosure standards, and policies to protect against conflict of interest is a priority for Institute focus. The separation of Academia, Industry, and Government seems to be an often ignored yet necessary condition for ensuring the benefits of trilateral collaboration. Each helix plays a unique role in the partnership, offering exclusive resources that benefit the others, resulting in win-win situations that pave the path for innovation. When one helix has too much power, there is risk of contaminating the process, and other partners’ interests may suffer.

Read more in Think Again: Why is Separation of the Three Helices Important? by Laurel King, Senior Research Associate at The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation