It would appear that CSIRO and DDT embarked on what can only be described as a spam.
CSIRO duped global drug firm with generic chemicals as 'secret formula'
Date: April 11, 2013
Linton Besser and Nicky Phillips
Read the article on the whole sordid deal here:The CSIRO has duped one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies into buying anti-counterfeit technology that could be easily compromised - passing off cheap chemicals it had bought from China as a ''trade secret'' formula........................
......................Three months before the deal was signed, the key ex-CSIRO scientist working on the technology, Dr Gerry Swiegers, warned against proceeding with the deal.
''The code which has been offered to Novartis may not be fit for purpose … because the code material is commercially available from a variety of vendors,'' he wrote to DataTrace in March 2010.
Dr Swiegers, who was retrenched from CSIRO after a bitter falling-out, has since been agitating for reform of the peak scientific body.
On August 7, 2009, Greg Twemlow, the DataTrace general manager who engineered the deal with Novartis, emailed Peter Osvath, a CSIRO research group leader, and Geoff Houston, a CSIRO commercial manager, with this subject line: ''Proposed answer to the question, 'is our Tracer code commercially available'.''
''This is how we propose to answer the question if it's posed. We want everyone answering consistently.
DDT is in trading halt after this article was published. What a disappointment this company has been.