Player Networks (Audit 3)

  • These are the inter and intra-category networks between and among players in your biocluster.
  • Think of your biocluster in systems biology terms, namely that a biocluster acts as an organism existing and thriving (or withering) as a result of multiple interactions of an integrated network of its individual parts -- a far more complex situation than a simple inventory of parts or stock keeping units.
  • These networks are like a body's circulatory system, flowing throughout its myriad parts. The figure below shows the number of single pathways between the ten major types of organizations making up your biocluster.
Biocluster Success - Introduction
Organizational Infrastructure (Audit 1)
Inventory of Players (Audit 2)

External Resources Networks (Audit 4)
Current Results (Audit 5)
People Qualities (Audit 6)
Success in the Details (Audit 7)
The Big Picture (Audit 8)
Roadmap to Your Future (Strategy Development)
Begin the Journey (Implementation)

Biocluster networks, links and relationships, assessment

The figure above depicts a symmetrical, idealized situation, implying that every organization is connected somehow to every other organization. Life is messy and unsymmetrical In the REAL world, however; linkages take many forms, some stronger, some more valuable than others, and in some cases, they are non-existant.

Below is a pictorial example of some of the networks that can be formed by just one of the organizational types: startups and smaller life science companies. The arrows indicate one- or two-way benefits. Long-term, all one-way beneficial relationships turn into value for both players.

Biocluster players: links and relationships among startups and other players

For example, funders initially benefit the small company by providing needing cash. Long-term, however, the investors expect a return on their investment. Local agencies, associations and others ultimately gain with the profitable growth of smaller companies.

Multiply these hypothetical relationships by the numbers of organizations and you can envision the thousands of links between and among players in a biocluster. Of course some links may have more impact than others; generally though, the greater the number of links, the greater the vibrancy of your biocluster community.

Players' perception of interactivity can be subjective and therefore can be misleading. Our position as "outsider" allows us to capture a realistic view of the existing links within your community and the potential for improvement -- often with little or no cost.

We gather information on the meaningful links and relationships within your biocluster through research and discussions and draw a series of relevant link diagrams like the one above, citing specific companies where pertinent. We then plot the aggregated relationships as charts for a quantitative view of the existing levels of relationships within the biocluster.

A biocluster, by definition, is local (or perhaps regional). It is part of the larger, global community, forming a mutually-beneficial, symbiotic relationship. How does your biocluster fit into the world-wide network of the life sciences?

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