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University Policies on Conflict of Interest

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Conflicts of interest often arise at the intersection of two fundamental missions of the University: to push the boundaries of knowledge and to transfer that knowledge to the private sector for the benefit of the public. There may be, for example, significant personal financial incentives related to outside consulting, patenting and licensing an invention, or being involved with a ‘start up’ company.

It is therefore important that any individual interested in commercializing their work at Stanford is familiar with the University's policies and procedures around conflict of interest. Below are some helpful links to Stanford's policies and guides around avoiding conflicts of interest.