|“||sometimes referred to as generic technologies, represent the first phase in a technology's development, usually taking the form of a laboratory proof of concept that is derived from basic science.||”|
"Technology platforms are high-level, functional prototypes that demonstrate new applications but usually do not have a well-defined market application. They are precommercial, meaning that they have yet to be sufficiently adapted and engineered for one market or one specific application. Functional prototypes being offered to multiple users for review and evaluation are a good example of a generic or platform technology. Ultimately, these platforms become sufficiently developed so that proprietary technologies can be developed."