"R&D is a risky investment, but the returns could be very high. Through practical examples Boer teaches proven methodologies to value R&D projects for most any stage of development and investment."
—Barry B. Siadat, Managing Director, Arsenal Capital Partners
"F. Peter Boer′s extensive experience as a senior executive, board member, and technical advisor have provided the opportunity for him to participate in the development of hundreds of prospects and numerous successful technical strategies. Here he provides readers with case material from a vast range of real–world situations while adding his own strong personal insights, making this book an important read for those interested in both technical and business decision making."
—Jeffrey M. Lipton, President & CEO, NOVA Chemicals
"If you like numbers, formulas, analyses, strategies, and real–life case studies, you will love this book. Boer provides a number of additional tools for the R&D leader in judging risk for them to benefit in this highly competitive, rapidly changing world of technology."
—Charles F. Larson, President Emeritus, Industrial Research Institute, Inc.
"Good case studies in industrial R&D are very hard to come by. Academics may have the analytical rigor with which the examples should be analyzed, but seldom do they have the facts at the level of detail required. Case studies provided by industrial practitioners often have the inverse problem: facts and stories but no academically rigorous analysis. F. Peter Boer’s book is in a category above both of those situations. Technology Valuation Solutions is a uniquely interesting, beautifully written, and well–referenced book that is suitable for business schools as a textbook, for academics as a rich source of factual information on the development of complex industrial technologies, and for industrial management as high–quality training material."
—Louis Hegedus, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, ATOFINA Chemicals
"Boer is a thoughtful and well–informed analyst of technology–based innovations, and has a good nose for the kinds of problems people run into in valuing new and improved technologies. This book deals well with a whole series of challenges involving the interaction of technology and business issues. Written in simple and accessible prose, the illustrative case examples will appeal greatly to technology managers as well as other business professionals who are looking for a counterweight to the flood of purely ′numbers driven′ valuation literature that is now so fashionable."
—G. Sam Samdani, PhD, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Chemicals Expert, McKinsey & Company
"This book is a must–read for any current or aspiring CTO. Through just enough theory and relevant cases, Boer provides insight into what to request from the R&D financial and strategic planners. In addition to building understanding of the value of these analyses, the text clearly lays out the hazards of relying exclusively on such without a thorough understanding of both the input and other nonfinancial risk factors."
—Dr. F. M. Ross Armbrecht Jr., President, Industrial Research Institute, Inc.
"Today, companies are under increasing pressure to manage their R&D project portfolios in a disciplined and value–creative manner. An assortment of different theories and methods has been proposed to help management with different aspects of this challenge. In this book, Boer presents the practitioner with a comprehensive approach to R&D portfolio management integrating the latest financial techniques with the specific issues of the field. Drawing on his extensive experience, the author introduces the material in a pragmatic, user–friendly way through a series of actual cases. This book will be a great help for the executive interested in practical solutions to the problems of R&D management."
—Vladimir Antikarov, Monitor Group, and coauthor of Real Options: A Practitioner′s Guide
CHAPTER 1: "I′ll Teach You the Value of Money" 1
CHAPTER 2: Horizon Value by Five Methods 11
CHAPTER 3: Factoring in the Risk 27
CHAPTER 4: Medical Device Case Study: A New Product for a New Application 41
CHAPTER 5: A New Product for an Existing Application 57
CHAPTER 6: Start–Ups 71
CHAPTER 7: Process Breakthrough! 95
CHAPTER 8: Improved Products 109
CHAPTER 9: Balanced R&D Portfolios 127
CHAPTER 10: Optimum Portfolios and the Efficient Frontier 157
About the Author 193