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June 15, 2005

Biotechnology Products and University-Based Science

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(23):2861-2863. doi:10.1001/jama.293.23.2861-b

To the Editor: In their Special Communication on university-based science and biotechnology products,1 Drs Kesselheim and Avorn reviewed problems related to academic patents and possible solutions. However, the de facto contract between society and universities was not discussed, even though private contributions to universities exceeded 24 billion dollars in 2004.2

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