The "Entrepreneurial State" and the leveraging of life in the field of regenerative medicine

John Gardner, Andrew Webster, James Mittra

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This chapter uses regenerative medicine (RM) as a case study to examine the role of the State in reconfiguring and mobilising biomedicine within the new health bioeconomy. Governments are attempting to create a ‘health and wealth’-generating RM industry in a manner that aligns with the Entrepreneurial State by encouraging innovation-facilitating initiatives. This chapter explores such initiatives in the UK, and the values invoked within them. We argue that the power of the Entrepreneurial State in reconfiguring the bioeconomy derives from its capacity to appeal to diverse values, and consequently, mobilise and orientate a range of actors (industry, scientists, clinicians and patients) into a common project aimed at generating ‘health and wealth’. We reflect on the State’s role in attempting to serve as a broker between public and private good, and in doing so we also highlight some of the tensions and countervailing processes at play within the new health bioeconomy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioeconomies
Subtitle of host publicationLife, Technology and Capital in the 21st Century
EditorsVincenzo Pavone, Joanna Goven
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319556512
ISBN (Print)9783319556505
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017


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