Implicit and explicit notions of valorization in genomics research

D. Stemerding, R. Nahuis

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Valorization of knowledge has been defined as a major challenge in the context of genomics as an emerging strategic research field. Valorization is a Dutch science-policy concept for what is elsewhere called science impact or the third mission of universities. This article describes the institutionalization of valorization policy in the Dutch genomics research system as a specific manifestation of a changing social contract between science and society, which mainly targets economic value creation and the stimulation of entrepreneurship. A societal debate has emerged in which this focus on economic aspects has been strongly criticized as one-sided. In response, policy-makers are willing to adopt a broader definition of valorization. On the basis of an analysis of valorization policies and practices in Dutch medical genomics, this article draws attention to two myths in this
valorization debate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-95
JournalNew Genetics and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • valorization; genomics; policy-making


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