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Expertise in the Relationship between Biobanks and Research Units

Carole Haritchabalet and Catherine Bobtcheff

Working Papers from CATT - UPPA - Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour

Abstract: We propose to model the relationship between a biobank and a research unit and we place the expertise of the biobank at the center of the relationship between the actors. We believe that the role of the biobank is fundamental in the process of project selection (and therefore in the decision to allocate biological samples), but also to improve the chances of success of the project. Our central hypothesis links the biobank's level of expertise to its ability to evaluate the project and to contribute to the success of the innovation. We show that a simple pricing rule allows socially optimal sample production: the sample tariff must be strictly lower than the marginal cost of production. This tariff depends only on the biobank's marginal cost of production. Price discrimination according to the public or private nature of the research unit is therefore irrelevant. A high level of expertise offers a greater margin of negotiation and is always valued by research units. Only a biobank that is sufficiently experienced and exerts effort can achieve a strictly positive minimum protability. Above a certain level of expertise, a costly strategy to increase expertise may not be relevant: a biobank cannot reap the benefits of its investment.

Keywords: Innovation; Licences; Expertise; Moral hazard (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D23 L14 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2019-08, Revised 2019-08
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