Nicoletta Sacchi on Gene Patenting
  Nicoletta Sacchi     Biography    
Recorded: 08 Jun 2004

So this is a good question. I think maybe if I relate it to what I just told you a few minutes ago. As far as I’m concerned I never capitalized on what I made, but many other people did. Some quote it is bothering me. Because, you understand it of course. Some companies really enable the progress of science as well. Its not that it is all bad also the commercial implication because can make the life of our student and postdoc far easier providing them tools that will enable their science. However, I believe that they jump too fast on everything is done in the laboratory. And in particular they don’t—not always they give the right credit to the people. So the most commercially smart, businesslike smart scientist, manage in sometimes in a short time to make an enormous amount of money. And they maybe capitalize, as always science comes from the mind of many people not just one person. So some quote I am against the extreme commercialization of science. I’m against that. I am honest.

Nicoletta Sacchi, Ph.D., is a Professor and Distinguished Member of the Department of Cancer Biology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York where she has been focusing on gene regulation in cancer cells since 2003. Native to Milan, Italy, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Milan in 1972, followed by postdoctoral work at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, at the Roche Institute of Immunology in Basel under Nobelist Georges Köhler.

In 1982 she came to the United States to continue her postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute. She returned to Italy in 1991 to become an Associate Professor at the University of Milan, until 1997 when she decided to make the US her home. That year she became a Visiting Scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2002 Dr. Sacchi, was named the most cited women scientist and the 18th most cited scientist worldwide That year she received recognition for having the most quoted paper over the 20 year period from 1983 to 2002, "Single-step method of RNA isolation by acid guanidinium thiocyanate phenol chloroform extraction" Analytical Biochemistry 162(1):156-9,1987, which she co-wrote with Piotr Chomczynski.. This article has been cited over 56,000 times as of January, 2008.

Dr. Sacchi has been awarded the EMBO Award (1974 and 1981), the Soroptimist International Award (1976), AIRC Award (1984), the Gianina Gaslini Medal (1989), and the BIOTEC Award (1989.)