The article by Wendy D. Streitz and Alan B. Bennett
points out that the transfer of materials between researchers has
become more difficult, and it appears that the days of open exchange of
materials, particularly from researchers in industry to academic
researchers in the life sciences, are over. It also points out that “some
domains of free exchange continue to thrive and funding agencies, such
as the NSF and the NIH, are actively promoting open exchange of
materials, these are becoming exceptions rather than the rule.”

Universities
and private companies each have very legitimate interests that they are
trying to support when engaging in material transfers and when these
interests collide it can be very difficult to find common ground.
However, the mutual interest of both research-based private companies
and of universities is to support research advances and when both
parties keep this overarching objective in mind, most material
transfers are possible.
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