publication date: Mar. 4, 2016


Slamming the Door

Part VI: The Provost’s Choice

After my conversation with Gilman, I called MD Anderson and asked to talk with somebody about the $18 million grant for a biotech incubator.

First, folks at the press shop told me that they view the controversy arising from the application as CPRIT’s problem.

Let’s see: the wife of president of MD Anderson gets a grant seemingly out of turn, causing a political disaster, and this is not an MD Anderson problem?

DePinho was initially silent on the controversy, but after the Houston Chronicle published a hard-hitting editorial that laid out a series of questions about the grant, he responded with a letter that portrayed the central question in the controversy as a “difference of opinions.”

“Some may choose to call our proposal ‘research,’” he wrote in a letter submitted to the newspaper. “We call it business, and we are confident Texans will be the beneficiaries in the future. As one who has worked in the laboratory and the clinic and founded multiple biotechnology companies, I have learned that academic discoveries will only benefit patients if they are converted into approved commercial products.”



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