Too much The Scripps-Sandoz agreement is in danger of becoming the taxol of technology transfer, held up by opponents as a representative example of purported abuse and lax regulation, when in fact it may be an anomaly that says little about the average technology licensing agreement.

Right now, the furor in Washington is mainly a nuisance to other research institutions and universities, which must provide documentation to the NIH on all of their licensing agreements. But major changes in policy could have a chilling effect on the transfer of early-stage research to the private sector, which would undermine industry's relationship with government, research institutions and