nadette Broccolo discussed conflict of interest (C
Bernadette Broccolo discussed conflict of interest (COI) concerns for university technology transfer offices (TTOs) in the September 2009 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics. She noted that, particularly in medical research, TTOs must integrate with university compliance officers to ensure that there is no appearance of financial conflicts from consulting arrangements, research grants, company interests, reimbursement, and similar issues. These are "looked at individually and in the aggregate" by regulators, industry associations and the media, Ms. Broccolo stated, "particularly when you're talking about several relationships in the same entity." COI concerns arising from any financial relationship are "variations on a common theme," she added, and COI programs "should not stop with reporting, as so many have done in practice," but instead should actively identify potential problems and monitor compliance throughout the life of a project.