Academic Entrepreneurs

A scientist and spinoff founder says academics need not choose between academy and business.

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The line between academia and

The line between academia and industry have been blurring for decades. That line is now nonexistent with the net result that scientific research is comparably nonexistent.

This isn't only about greed:

This isn't only about greed: an insight that could lead to the development of a therapy that either sits on a shelf or grinds through a resistant process could cause unnecessary loss of life, pain, or suffering. Garcia-Martinez is right that it takes a certain kind of open-mindedness to seek collaborators who deal with the non-research stuff of commercialization. Some PIs will have it; others not. For those that do, they gain the potential for the multiple satisfactions of pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and affecting the lives of others and reaping financial rewards.