Basic research lacks sufficient funding, Rosenberg said, and it it criticized by those who feel it does not belong on university campuses. In the same article he also discusses how his experiments have discovered that platinum can impede the spread of cancer. The National Cancer Institute is currently reviewing how the drug might impact humans with cancer.
Cisplatin would eventually be approved as a treatment for cancer and rake in over $300 million in royalties for research at Michigan State University.
Source : Bob Roach, “Basic research seen vital, abused”, Michigan State News, October 13, 1970, p.5