A Congenial Partnership

in Science for Sale

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226306254
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306261 | DOI:
A Congenial Partnership

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This chapter discusses the experience of Robert M. Dickson, an associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, in terms of the commercialization of academic research. It explains that Dickson worked with biomedical company Invitrogen to develop a medical diagnostic system using atom-size clusters of gold and silver that can cling to cancer cells and help produce in vivo images of the cells at the molecular level. Unlike Robert Holton, Dickson had a congenial partnership with the company that had licensed his research.

Keywords: Robert M. Dickson; academic research; Invitrogen; medical diagnostic system; cancer cells; biomedical company; Georgia Tech

Chapter.  4273 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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