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Commentary
February 21, 2001

Academic Relationships With Industry: A New Model for Biomedical Research

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: The Boston Consulting Group, Bethesda, Md (Dr Moses), and Office of the Dean, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Martin).

JAMA. 2001;285(7):933-935. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.933

A spate of recent articles in medical journals,1,2 pharmaceutical industry publications,3 and the popular press4 highlight conflicts of interest among investigators, their institutions, and their patients. These articles have drawn attention to the increasingly complex web of financial relationships between corporate sponsors of research and the investigators who perform laboratory research and clinical trials on their behalf. As Korn has written:

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