Journal of Academic Ethics 6 (3):229-243 (2008)

Jason Borenstein
Georgia Institute of Technology
Academic-industry collaborations and the conflicts of interest (COI) arising out of them are not new. However, as industry funding for research in the life and health sciences has increased and scandals involving financial COI are brought to the public’s attention, demands for disclosure have grown. In a March 2008 American Council on Science and Health report by Ronald Bailey, he argues that the focus on COI—especially financial COI—is obsessive and likely to be more detrimental to scientific progress and public health than COI themselves. In response, we argue that downplaying the potential negative impact of COI arising out of academic-industry relationships is no less harmful than overreacting to it.
Keywords Conflicts of interest  Disclosure  Research integrity  Academic-industry collaboration
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DOI 10.1007/s10805-008-9069-5
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