Academia Sinica to set up conflicts of interest body
Jan 10, 2017MarketComments Off on Academia Sinica to set up conflicts of interest body
Taiwan's top research body, Academia Sinica, plans to set up a committee to prevent conflicts of interest. That's the word from academy official Wu Chung-li on Tuesday.
Wu's comments come a day after former Academia Sinica head Wong Chi-huey was charged with corruption in a high-profile case involving OBI Pharma, a biomedicine company that he cofounded.
Wu said developing biotechnology is a major government policy. Therefore, Academia Sinica needs clear guidelines on how to prevent conflicts of interest and stop similar incidents from happening again.
[Researchers] must themselves prevent conflicts of interest, like hiring friends or relatives or transferring stock. On the other hand, [we] must provide them, to some extent, the motivation to do research. We will map out guidelines, abide by the laws, and take protocol practiced in other countries as a reference," said Wu.
Wu said Academia Sinica will offer its legal staff rigorous training in the short term and will set up an independent monitoring office in the long term.