RAKING IT IN AT PATENT U.

So which patents—along with their universities and scientists— are leading the race for royalties? An exact ranking is difficult, thanks to inflation and closely guarded revenue figures. But here are a few of the top contenders, along with notable also-rans. Number One Patent: The biggest income producer of all time is probably cisplatin, a cancer drug developed at Michigan State University and licensed to Bristol-Myers. Royalties for this drug have already topped $55 million̵

The Scientist Staff
Dec 11, 1988

So which patents—along with their universities and scientists— are leading the race for royalties? An exact ranking is difficult, thanks to inflation and closely guarded revenue figures. But here are a few of the top contenders, along with notable also-rans.

Number One Patent: The biggest income producer of all time is probably cisplatin, a cancer drug developed at Michigan State University and licensed to Bristol-Myers. Royalties for this drug have already topped $55 million—and are continuing at more than $10 million a year with about eight years left on the patent. So far. Michigan State has taken in $15.3 million and inventors Barnett Rosenberg Thomas Krigas. and Loretta L Van Camp have divided another $8 million.

Richest Scientists: One of the top inventions of all time is Gatorade. Since 1973, this thirst-quencher, designed by University of Florida researchers to replace nutrients the body loses in athletic activity, has brought...

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