Biochemist sues Yale over royalties

Lawsuit argues researcher is owed royalties on a blood test based on work cloning human tissue factor

Susan Warner
Nov 14, 2006
A researcher involved in cloning human tissue factor at Yale University has sued her former employer arguing she has been cut out of royalties stemming from sales of a blood test based on her work.Eleanor Spicer, who is now a biochemistry professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut contending she is a co-inventor of the process that is now used in prothrombin time (PT) tests. The tests are used widely in monitoring clotting in patients taking blood-thinning medication.William Konigsberg, a lead scientist on the project at Yale, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed in October. The suit charges Konigsberg has received royalties from the product, but has not shared any of those payments with Spicer, who worked on the project using recombinant DNA to isolate the protein that sets off...

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