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October 14th, 2007
Do corporate donations hurt academic independence?
According to the board member, private donors also expect financial rewards from their donations. And there is some evidence of unusual cases of cooperation between companies and academic institutions.
Intel Corp., for example, has a representative on the board of a research center the company donated to Tel Aviv University. The same university gave Clal Biotechnology Industries exclusive access to research results after Clal donated some $2 million for the university's Research Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
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