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ISSN : 1598-7248 (Print)
ISSN : 2234-6473 (Online)
Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Vol.17 No.3 pp.454-463

Commercialization of Public Sector Technology: The Case of a Respirator for Disaster

Cheolhan Kim, Janghyeok Yoon*
Department of Computer Engineering, Daejon University, Daejon, Republic of Korea
Department of Industrial Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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A technology motivated for a product is the most necessary component for the product’s development, but there are many other considerations throughout the product development for the market, in particular, in the case of public sector technology. Despite existing technology commercialization models, they may not work well for the public sector technologies in a low level of technology readiness. In this paper, we show a practical technology commercialization process of a respirator for disaster. The idea of our target product introduced in this paper comes from a public research institute’s patented technology which generates oxygen from chemical reaction without heat and toxic. Despite hardships for technology commercialization, this product was successfully launched with the help of various R&D programs funded by the government or research institutes. In this paper, we describe the process of technology commercialization of a respirator for disaster and the issues and considerations raised in that process. This paper provides a practical case about technology commercialization of a public sector technology and would be beneficial to the firms which attempt to commercialize the public sector’s technologies.





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