Jan 10, 2017 Business & Finance Comments 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.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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