Assessing innovations

  • Benoît Gailly


Dr D. was delighted when he learned that his home university had accepted his proposal to transfer the intellectual property rights related to the new molecule he had discovered. Laboratory tests had shown that this molecule could cure a special kind of liver disease affecting millions of people across the world. With exclusive access to such a technology in hand, Dr D. was convinced that investors would queue to finance his new venture. A systematic assessment of his innovation, however, revealed several important issues, which are summarized here.


Discount Rate Cash Flow Business Model Venture Capitalist Business Plan 
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© Benoît Gailly 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benoît Gailly
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  1. 1.Centre of Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies (CRECIS) of the Louvain School of ManagementUniversité Catholique de Louvain (UCL)Belgium

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