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The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Fred Bakker, Antoine van Agtmael

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Chapter Four

WHITE COATS AND BLUE COLLARS

Cross-Boundary Collaborations in Bioscience and Medical Devices

Not every brainbelt emerges from a rustbelt and not every seminal figure in the story conforms to the profile of a prominent, larger-than-life connector such as Alain Kaloyeros or the governors in North Carolina or Malmö. In Minneapolis, for example, the presence of a large company, Medtronic, loomed large. No single person played the role of connector; rather, there were several doctors, researchers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who were leading figures in the talent pool and helped put Minneapolis–St. Paul on the map as a life-sciences ...

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