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The NIH translational research center might trade public risk for private reward

Nature Medicine volume 17, page 1176 (2011) | Download Citation

The new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences planned for the US National Institutes of Health intends to help transform biological findings into new therapeutic products. But if taxpayer funding of risky biomedical research translates into lucrative new medicines, the public should share in the economic benefits as well.

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  1. Jerry Avorn is a professor of medicine and Aaron S. Kesselheim is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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