Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Hwang Woo Suk: the Libyan connection!

Back in 2004, the New York Times, in one of the softball interviews of all time, had a piece by Claudia Dreifus, "2 Friends, 242 Eggs and a Breakthrough, A CONVERSATION WITH/Woo Suk Hwang and Shin Yong Moon," New York Times, F1 (February 17, 2004) wherein Dreifus quotes Moon:

"Korea is a country where respect for the professorship is a little bit different than in the West. Professor Hwang takes the honor, not the money."

Within two years of the NYT "reporting," Hwang was exposed as a fraud. In seven years, we have the Hwang/Libya connection, broken only by recent events in Libya. "The Great Beyond" blog reports on Hwang:

The sad trial in which he was eventually convicted of embezzlement produced other incredible stories. For example, when he could not explain some missing research expense receipts, he defended himself by claiming that he had had to pay off Russian mafia to get access to mammoth DNA. (...)

According to the Korea Times, Hwang traveled to Libya on 10 February to discuss the collaboration. According to Yonhap news, Hwang has traveled there some 10 times since 2004 and received a retainer of 600,000 euros for collaborating on stem cell research aimed at incurable diseases.

The current deal was supposed to include a research center in Libya and the transfer of cloning-related technology from Hwang. According to the Chosun Ilbo, Hyun Sang-hwan, who directs the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation founded by Hwang, Hwang was to sign a collaborative agreement with a company called DANA Bioscience and Medical Service recently established by Libya. The signing was reportedly canceled and the agreement thrown into jeopardy by the protests there. Reporters spotted Hwang at the Tripoli airport, one of 198 being evacuated by the Korean government.

Prior IPBiz post

Hwang and six others stripped of science medals

and don't forget LBE's

Lessons to be Learned from the Hwang Matter: Analyzing Innovation the Right Way, 88 JPTOS 239 (March 2006)


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