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GMO Answers expert and Consultant, Savage & Associates, Steve Savage, provides background on public/private partnerships in this article, originally posted on Forbes. He addresses why land grant universities work with private sector to bring new innovations to the market. A snippet is included below.
“The implication is that any connection, particularly any financial connection, between academics and for-profit businesses is inappropriate. Not only are the tactics of this effort reprehensible, the entire premise is wrong…
There is a network of “Land Grant” colleges and Universities throughout the US that was first set up in the late 1800s through the Morrill Acts. Their purpose was to focus on agriculture, science, military science and engineering. They became important centers of applied research which has been of great benefit for the global food supply. These institutions have traditionally been part of a synergistic, public/private partnership for the discovery, testing and commercialization of innovations of value to the farming community. They also educate future farmers, the specialized scientists and engineers who become the employees of ag-related businesses, and the future faculty.”
Read the full article here.
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