Industry vs. Academia

Your survey in the April 16 issue1 is an invaluable resource in the current research environment, both for personal considerations and for recruitment and retention of faculty. I was surprised by the comment that the longer a person is in academia, the better off he/she is in landing an industry position. That has not been my experience. Perhaps there is a point of diminishing returns? John S. Torday, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology Director, The Guenthe

John Torday
May 13, 2001
Your survey in the April 16 issue1 is an invaluable resource in the current research environment, both for personal considerations and for recruitment and retention of faculty. I was surprised by the comment that the longer a person is in academia, the better off he/she is in landing an industry position. That has not been my experience. Perhaps there is a point of diminishing returns?
John S. Torday, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, The Guenther Laboratory for Cell/Molecular Research
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, CA 90502
1. A. Grimwade, "Working in academia and industry," The Scientist, 15[8]:28, April 16, 2001.

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