Innovation by Surgeon| Volume 143, ISSUE 2, P191-193, February 2008

Patents and research: Friends or foes?

  • David H. Sachs
    Reprint requests: David H. Sachs, MD, Professor of Surgery (Immunology), Harvard Medical School, Director, Transplantation Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH East, Building 149-9019, 13th Street, Boston, MA 02129.
    Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass
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      Having spent the past 17 years building and directing a research center devoted to transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), I am pleased to provide my perspective on the interaction between industry and academic research. This article represents my personal views, which are built largely on my experience trying to manage this interaction to the advantage of our research goals without compromising our independence or our academic freedom.
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