14 September 2011
Vol 3, Issue 100

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ONLINE COVER Telling Fortune. As they burn the midnight oil and chow down on take-out, an increasing number of academic scientists are engaging in translational medicine research. This trend necessarily includes the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. However, conflicts of interest (COIs) must be managed if universities and their medical centers are to maintain the public trust. As part of Science Translational Medicine's series on innovation, this week's Commentary by Nelsen and Bierer highlights COI policies at institutions that strive to structure an environment that encourages innovation while protecting academic values. [CREDIT: THINKSTOCK]