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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40-43

Dental science and technology parks: Rethinking university-industry connections

Independent Research Scientist, Founder and Managing Editor of Dental Hypotheses, Isfahan, Iran

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Dr. Jafar Kolahi
No. 24, Faree 15, Pardis, Shahin Shahr, Isfahan -83179 18981
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: Jafar Kolahi has editorial involvement with Dental Hypotheses.

DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.158467

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As the 21st century unfolds, the development of science-based technologies [such as nanodentistry, tissue engineering, three-dimensional (3D) printers, laser dentistry, and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)] should change clinical dental practice. Unfortunately, a persistent problem in dentistry is the slow acceptance of new technology by dental schools and some dentists. Most dental graduates, dental faculty, and dental researchers know little about the principles of entrepreneurship, e.g., the process of patenting and licensing, how to write a business plan, market analysis, sources of financing, and the establishment of small and medium-sized enterprises. Most dental graduates, dental faculty, and dental researchers know little about the topics mentioned above. They may know how to conduct a dental research project and publish a paper, but most have no idea of how to plan for the commercialization of research findings. University-industry research relationships are important in promoting innovation, and dental science and technology parks (STPs) can play a major role in this technological revolution.

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