SAN FRANCISCO (GenomeWeb News) — University technology-transfer offices looking to cut deals with the private sector must be flexible and avoid the impulse to be “greedy,” while for their part companies should recognize a university’s restraints and try not to “intimidate” potential partners, according to Cornell University’s newly appointed vice provost for tech transfer, a new title.

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