Last of the Big-Time Spenders?

Science  17 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5605, pp. 330-333
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5605.330

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Much-debated university research deals backed by Amgen and Novartis appear on balance to have benefited the universities involved. But as the two deals quietly dissolve, some observers predict that their kind will not be seen again. The companies themselves, facing an anemic economy, are moving to old-fashioned contracts with individual scientists or making research deals with small companies.