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Summit Seeks Boost for Life Sciences

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Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 763-765
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.763a

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TOKYO-- A powerful group of biotechnology industry leaders gave the Japanese government a wish list this week: better coordination of government spending in the life sciences and increased emphasis on commercializing the results. The proposals were released at a Life Science Summit here involving some 600 industry, academic, and political leaders. The proposals are expected to get a sympathetic hearing, thanks to the group's political connections and the administration's policy of emphasizing research with a potential economic payoff.