Conflict between good research and commercialisation – a myth?

Good research and commercialisation are sometimes poles apart. Many people think research cannot be as good if its practical application has been developed with the aim of commercialisation. But do these opposites have to be mutual antitheses? We have met Gabriella Lindgren, a researcher at SLU, to get her opinion. “There’s much to consider when you want to take your research to the market in the form of an innovation. Well-functioning research is of course crucial. One thing that’s essential to the continuation of research is funding, and one of the aims of commercialising parts of research is the possibility of specifically securing funding, so as to create the conditions for continuing with other research,” says Gabriella.

It is important for research to come to the fore and be a benefit to society. Gabriella, a researcher into equine genetics, does not see any conflict between ‘good research’ and research with a practical application.
“I’m employed at SLU primarily as a researcher and teacher, and we always start all projects with a specific research question, e.g. Why does hair grow? But then, of course, we also consider the problems that the answer to this question might trigger. It’s a major and important advantage if good research has a practical societal application,” Gabriella concludes.
Read more about Gabriella Lindgren and her research here.

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