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McGill University
Microbiology and Immun (Sci)
MIMM 387
Robert Murgita

thFriday March 9 2012 Eugene Goldwasser Spent 20 years of his life identifying erythropoietinHe was working at the University of Chicago and neither he nor the University realized the potential of erythropoietin became a huge drug of the 80s and 90s At its peak it was selling at 8 million a year largest selling drug on the planetSo his lab received no financial benefit or recognition It was taken over by Amgen who made it in large amounts gene splicing and sold itThis is an example of what you really do not want to happen not realizing what you have in the laboratory and not developing it properly Evolution of UI Relations In the 1960s good universities would generally not hire people who worked in industry There was a lack of communication between private industry and university The broadest patent ever issued was for gene splicing attracted the interest of Bob Swansen entrepreneur Boyle was a scientist at Stanford and in the end came a plan to develop a company called Genentech first notab
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