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Gender differences in life science patenting

Christina Hernandez Sherwood, eMed Editor, MedCity News

In the life sciences, male academic scientists secure patents at more than twice the rate of their female colleagues, according to an analysis sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. The study, Gender Differences in Patenting in the Academic Life Sciences, found that female academic scientists patent at about 40 percent the rate of men.

There is no evidence that women do less significant scientific research, according to the report. Instead, the most significant contributors to the gender gap were the lack of exposure and social networks by senior women scientists to the commercial sector and concern among women scientists that pursuing commercial opportunities might hinder their academic careers.

Weekly Wisdom from Kauffman is a regular feature on eMed highlighting insightful research from the Kauffman Foundation. Do you have a favorite Kauffman research insight that could help life science entrepreneurs? Send it to

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