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Commercial use of results from the platform

In collaboration project including private firms and public research facilities, rights are shared to joint data and inventions produced during the project. Since the primary role of the university partners is to educate students, create knowledge and strive to apply knowledge in the society, commercial rights are often transferred to participating firms.
     At the universities, negotiations concerning collaborations and transfer of inventions are carried out through technology transfer centres, which are subject to the laws and regulations of The Danish Ministry of Education and Sciences. In particular, there can be no limitations with regards to freedom of science or the right to publish certain results. Furthermore, the university must only negotiate transfer of rights on normal market terms.

Technology transfer units
within the participating

University of Copenhagen

Aarhus University

Aalborg University

Technical University of Denmark

Ethical issues in a public-private cooperation

One goal of cooperation between scientists with public funding and the industry is to derive societal benefits of the cooperation. One important benefit is economic growth derived through the commercial utilization of academic knowledge through private firms. This raises ethical questions about the utilization of knowledge from biological material (e.g. blood), which has been donated by volunteers for altruistic and non-commercial exploitation via research. For example on central ethical question is whether donors have been informed that firms may be involved in research projects involving their donated material. Further, future commercial rights to knowledge derived from the use of donated material may end up in firms. This overall subject is discussed with regards to the GenomeDenmark platform in a feature via the link below.
Feature on the utilization of biobanks under public-private cooperation (Danish)