Commercial productivity is the payoff when firms provide scientists with a comfortably collegiate professional environment

Recognizing the successful tradition of the university science environment, industry research directors are carrying over the academic spirit in their efforts toward building harmonious and productive labs. Their aim is to preserve the pursuit of pure discovery and the free exchange of ideas, while at the same time moving assertively toward the achievement of commercial goals.

In the biotechnology industry sector, this strategy--geared to, among other things, making their companies more inviting to talented young scientists--has paid off impressively for several firms.

"We've seen that we're competing with academic institutions for the kinds of scientists that we have," says Daniel Vapnek, senior

vice president for research at Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, Calif. "And it turns out that the kind of environment that we maintain is, in a lot of ways, like an academic environment."


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