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Impact of Proposed Revisions to DHHS Conflict of Interest Policy on Commercialization of University Research

On May 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requested public comments on proposed revisions to the Public Health Services Conflict of Interest (COI) policy. In the responses DHHS received to its request for comment, several organizations expressed concerns that the newly proposed policy might have an chilling effect on faculty members interest in engaging with industry and, as a result, hinder universities ability to commercialize the results of NIH sponsored research. This AAU documents summarizes comments made by various organizations -- including scientific societies, associations, individual universities and companies -- that raise this concern.

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