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Do you need an NDA?

Non-disclosure agreements are sometimes advisable when entering discussions on research partnerships—but not always

A good many researchers will be far too familiar with the following dialogue.

“Hi Dr X, it was great to meet you last week and discover that we have a mutual interest in cancer biomarkers/saline extraction technology/political marketing. It looks like we could potentially collaborate on a project together. To proceed, you’ll just need to sign our company’s standard NDA, which I’ve attached here.”

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