The following is an amalgamation of a couple of comments written on the Paging Dr forum board. This was in relation to the high profile and controversial resignation of Prof Ken Harvey from La Trobe University, following the announcement of the $15 million deal between Swisse and the university.
It is one thing to fund research into CAM. For this to be scientific, one must have a scientifically sound a priori reason why you are doing the human research in the first place.
It is quite another thing for a single manufacturer to fund a research institute that will effectively be set up to investigate its products that it already markets to the general public.