University-industry relationships in the life sciences: Implications for students and post-doctoral fellows

TitleUniversity-industry relationships in the life sciences: Implications for students and post-doctoral fellows
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsGluck, ME, Blumenthal, D, Stoto, MA
JournalResearch Policy
Volume16
Issue6
Pagination327-336
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00487333
KeywordsBIOLOGY , Environmental Sciences , MEDICINE , University/Industry Collaboration
AbstractGrowth in the industrial support of university research in the life sciences and more specifically in biotechnology has raised questions concerning its effects, both positive and negative, on the educational experiences of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. A survey of 693 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at six research intensive universities in the United States reveals that 19 percent of the responding students and fellows receive direct industry support for their research or training and that another 15 percent work with faculty advisors supported by industrial funds. On average students and fellows in this sample believe that the benefits of relationships with private firms outweigh the risks. In addition, students funded by private firms are more likely than those without industry connections to report patents resulting from their research. No relationship is found between industry support and young scientists' career plans or their rating of the quality of their educational experiences. However, the data suggest the existence of some risks: industry support is associated with fewer or delayed publications, inhibition of scientific communication on the part of some trainees, and some restrictions on students' and fellows' research. In a few cases, students are supported by funds from companies in which faculty advisors hold equity, a situation that creates potential conflicts of interest for students' mentors. To protect students, university administrators must monitor the relationships with industry that give rise to these potential problems. Future research into industrial support of research and training is needed to extend these results.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6V77-45D0PXN-24/2/0a800a14a4cb099a7796ff7db453f6b3
DOI10.1016/0048-7333(87)90018-7
Short TitleUniversity-industry relationships in the life sciences: Implications for students and post-doctoral fellows
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