Product development in the health and life sciences is shifting from the development of target-specific pharmaceutical products to multi-target therapies, including medical nutrition. Medical nutrition consists of nutritional compositions, prescribed by medical professionals for the nutritional support in the dietary management of diseases. The European medical nutrition industry is rapidly maturing, driven by new knowledge on medical nutrition effectiveness and increasing public awareness on its importance. Nevertheless, there are still numerous unmet medical needs that can only be addressed through innovation by the medical nutrition industry.

This dissertation describes the innovation dynamics within the European medical nutrition industry, through exploring the origin and development of this industry and all stakeholders involved. The research is multidisciplinary, encompassing scientific, industrial, technological, economic and regulatory disciplines. Although the relatively new and emerging medical nutrition industry offers innovation potential, the results show that a lack of medical nutrition innovation may result in a gloomy future for the medical nutrition industry.

The dynamics of the medical nutrition innovation system induces the realization that social well-being and economic growth is not only dependent on the innovation activity of both the food and pharma industries but requires input from key opinion leaders in academia; patients; regulatory and funding bodies.

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Keywords medical nutrition, industry development, innovation, radical, patent analysis, industry convergence, patient needs, innovation cliff
Promotor H.R. Commandeur (Harry) , H.J.H.M. Claassen (Eric)
Publisher Erasmus School of Economics
ISBN 978-90-5892-359-2
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/51134
Series ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
Weenen, T.C. (2014, April 24). On the Origin and Development of the Medical Nutrition Industry (No. EPS-2014-309-S&E). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Erasmus School of Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/51134