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Merck Wants Its Money Back if University Research Is Wrong

A drug company says economic sticks, not just carrots, are needed to fix the reproducibility crisis in science.

Antonio Regalado | April 27, 2016

If academic discoveries turn out to be wrong, one drug company wants its money back.
That’s the tough-minded proposal floated today by the chief medical officer of Merck & Co., one of the world’s 10 largest drug companies, as a way to fix the “reproducibility crisis,” or how many, if not most, published scientific reports turn out to be incorrect.
Michael Rosenblatt, Merck’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, said bad results from academic labs caused pharmaceutical companies to waste millions and “threatens the entire biomedical research enterprise.”

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