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How One Program is Helping Empower Women to Bring Their Ideas to Market

from Science

Despite commercialization's potential advantages, female academic researchers are markedly less likely than their male counterparts to take even the first step — obtaining a patent. A 2006 study of more than 4,000 university-based life science researchers found that 13 percent of the men held at least one patent, as compared with just 6 percent of the women. After accounting for factors such as productivity and field, the women patented at 40 percent the rate of "equivalent male scientists," the study states. More recently, a 2015 study found women's patenting increasing but still lagging behind men's. more

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