University Sues Researcher

A prominent researcher is being sued for $1 billion by a University of Pennsylvania Cancer Institute for discoveries he may have made while a researcher and administrator there.

By | January 3, 2012

University of PennsylvaniaWIKIMEDIA COMMONS, BRYAN Y.W. SHIN

Prominent researcher Craig Thompson, current president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is being sued by his former employer, the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, which he headed for 12 years, for not disclosing his industry activities.

While at the institute, he founded a biotech company called Agios pharmaceuticals. In the $1 billion lawsuit, the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Institute claims that Thompson was not forthcoming about founding Agios, simply saying that he was interested in starting a company based on the potential of a common diabetes drug in cancer prevention. According to the suit, he did not follow up when the company was launched in 2007. The institute claims that it has rights to the intellectual property that the company was founded on, according to ScienceInsider.

However, Thompson’s affiliation was not secret. He was announced as the co-founder in the company’s earliest press releases, reported ScienceInsider. When asked whether the company’s technology should be reviewed by the University’s technology transfer office, Thompson said “no,” according to the lawsuit.  Thompson has until early February to respond to the institute’s claims.

Add a Comment

Avatar of: You

You

Processing...
Processing...

Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment

Not a member? Register Now!

LabX Media Group Passport Logo

Popular Now

  1. Running on Empty
    Features Running on Empty

    Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.

  2. Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
  3. Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
  4. Gut Feeling
    Daily News Gut Feeling

    Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

AAAS