Caitlin Vodopia10/13/2010The Sources of Innovation•This article explores who actually develops novel, commercially acceptable scientific innovations•According to this article, an innovator is defined as the individual or firm that first developed a scientific instrument innovation to a state proved functionally useful, as indicated by the publication of data generated by it in a scientific journal.•Scientific instruments are tools that are used to collect and analyze data•Users were the developers of innovation of scientific instruments 77% of the time.•The sample of user developed innovations in this study were generally researchers employed by universities. •Innovators who are researchers were quick in diffusing information about their innovations, either through publications or presentations. This led to other scientists rapidly picking up on the innovation or by commercializing firms.
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