Volume 95 Issue 20 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 15, 2017 | Web Date: May 11, 2017

Chemistry postdoc sues Harvard

Former researcher says he wants his share of $20 million that Merck paid for compounds treating leukemia
Department: Business
Keywords: intellectual property, lawsuit, leukemia, cortistatin A

A former Harvard University postdoctoral researcher has sued the university for what he says is his share of $20 million that Merck & Co. paid Harvard in 2016 to license preclinical compounds for treating leukemia. At the time, the license fee was called the largest ever for a technology developed at Harvard.

The researcher, Alexander Arefolov, worked in the lab of Harvard chemistry professor Matthew Shair between 2011 . . .

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