Translations in Biobanking: Socio-Material Networks in Health Data Business
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CitationHelén, Ilpo. Lehtimäki, Hanna. (2020). Translations in Biobanking: Socio-Material Networks in Health Data Business. Society as an Interaction Space: A Systemic Approach, 22, 191-212. 10.1007/978-981-15-0069-5_9.
This study examines commercialization in the context of biomedical R&D, biobanking and personalized medicine as a manifold and transformative texture of socio-material relations in which an innovation—or even a prospect of innovation—is conjoined with and put to the test by multiple human and non-human actors. The empirical study of a Finnish biobank foregrounds the interplay between social and material elements in innovative business. Our analysis unfolds the commercialization of biobank activities as a series of transformations in relations between social, technical and material biobank actors. The study enriches the theorization of commercialization of innovation by addressing the dynamic and malleable nature of socio-material relations as the groundwork of innovation business and by showing how innovation and business become entangled through translations.