In an email correspondence with David Brown August 18, 2009, Dr. Paul Offit writes:
CHOP sold its patent for $182 million. This information was made publicly
available and was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time. The
inventors, Fred Clark, Stan Plotkin, and me split 10 percent of that three
ways. This means that we each received about $6 million. It was a ridiculous
amont of money and certainly far more than any of us needs, but it is also a
far cry from what has been claimed.
But the part that hurts the most is the continued claim that we did this for
the money. I don't know any scientist who does it for the money (you certainly
don't make much in salary). You do it because it's fun and because you think
you can contribute. And the reward for creating a vaccine was also never
financial. The reward was watching this vaccine dramatically reduce the
incidence of rotavirus hospitalizations in the US and now getting to watch the
vaccine enter the developing world in countries like Mali, Bangladesh, Vietnam,
Ghana, and Nicaragua. That's why we did it.
It hurts to watch people slander me the way they do. They just don't know me.
Or any of us that work so hard to get a technology like the rotavirus vaccine
to the countries where it will save the most lives.
Reprinted with permission from David Brown and Dr. Paul Offit.
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