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The declining impact of the US National Institutes of Health on cancer patenting

US Patent and Trademark Office data show a slowing of NIH-supported cancer patent innovation since 1995, amid criticism of an incremental rather than a high-risk, high-reward funding strategy.

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The author thanks S. Bechtold, B. Sampat, L. Wier and the participants of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics bioip Faculty Workshop, Atlanta, and the Inaugural Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference, Chicago, for comments and suggestions.

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