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Practical Tools For Innovation
O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference
January 28-31, 2002 -- Tucson, AZ
Chambered Nautilus

Session

Panel: Academic Freedom Collides with the Bayh/Dole Amendment

Cynthia Gibas, Virginia Tech
Andrew Dalke
Michael J. Martin, Executive Vice President, Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
Jennifer Weller

Track: Discovery
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Location: Canyon I

The Bayh-Dole Amendment charged that granting agencies change their policy to enable universities to maintain any IP they generate. Many scientists feel that academic rigor demands that their peers be able to inspect their code and use it without cost in order to validate it and/or improve it, and directors at the NIH have publicly stated that software developed using their grant funding should be Open Source. How can the universities' financial interests and the academic interest in open science coexist in harmony?

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