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PCR Licensing for Crop Diagnostics

Rob Harling r.harling at ed.sac.ac.uk
Mon Mar 3 04:54:59 EST 1997

On 19 Feb 97 at 17:05, Kevin O'Donnell wrote:

> I am sure that many other scientists currently publishing PCR assays 
> in the journals will be in a similar position, and I wondered if any 
> cared to comment on Perkin Elmer's conditions and the effect they 
> would have on their work.

I was also quoted the same terms by P-E, viz. USD10K up front, and 15%
 royalty on tests.  It is still early days with PCR-based agricultural 
testing;  we do not anticipate conducting large numbers of these tests 
(agricultural applications are not in the same league as medical 
applications, numbers-wise), nor can we charge unrealistic prices to 
farmers for these tests.  We could not run our tests with these licensing 
rates, it would be uneconomic.  I would make a plea to P-E to make these 
fees negotiable.    

Dr Rob Harling
SAC (Scottish Agricultural College)/
University of Edinburgh
West Mains Road
Edinburgh EH9 3JG
tel +44 (0)131 535 4000
fax +44 (0)131 667 2601
e mail r.harling at ed.sac.ac.uk

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