Even private insitutions like Harvard and MIT fund a considerable amount of their research with federal dollars. The NIH is by far the biggest funder of medical research in the US, with an annual budget over $27 billion. --PG
Just curious: Do you include Harvard and MIT in the "public sector"? I
don't know, but would guess that most basic research is done at relatively
"prestigious" private universities, since they get most of the grant money,
do they not? And can afford to support research from endowments when the
grants are not forthcoming. E. g. here in Massachusetts, I would suppose
that the aggregate of grants awarded to and papers published at Harvard,
MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University etc would
dwarf that at the state public higher ed. institutions. But of course we
don't have the likes of the UCal, UWis, or even the SUNY state systems.
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From: Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: The fascist pharma industry
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:49:07 -0800
Let's not forget that the pharmaceutical industry was
the main force behind the WTO's TRIPs agreement. This
industry is using intellectual property rights to keep
life-saving drugs out of the reach of the poor in both
north and south. They are THE reason why millions of
Africans are needlessly dying of AIDS and why a
growing number of American retirees cannot afford
badly needed medications.
In any case, most pharmaceutical R&D is done by the
public sector, not by industry.
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