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Rule Ex-Passaicite Co-Discoverer of Streptomycin
TRENTON, Dec. 2. (AP) – Brooklyn College Professor Albert Schatz was credited as a co-discoverer of streptomycin in a Superior Court pre-trial order filed yesterday.
The order set five days, starting Jan. 23, for trial of a fraud suit against Dr. Selman A. Waksman, Rutgers University scientist. Schatz has charged him with misrepresenting himself as sole discoverer of the so-called wonder drug.
Listed among undisputed points in the order filed by Judge C. Thomas Schettino was the statement that both Waksrnan and Sehatz were named co-discoverers in a patent application for the drug in, 1945.
Attorneys for the two men also agreed that Waksman had received $368,423.98 since signing over the patent to Rutgers University Research and Endowment Foundation.
Another undisputed point was that the Foundation had received more than $2,600,000 from streptomycin patent rights.
In his suit, Schatz claimed he was persuaded to give up financial interest in the drug through "fraud and coercion" and asked a share in streptomycin profits.
Schatz said Dr. Waksman threatened to see that his former assistant would be denied employment in the scientific field unless he assigned his share in the patent to the Foundation.
Schatz said he turned over his patent rights with the understanding that no one would profit personally from them.
The agreement by which Schatz gave up rights to the drug in May, 1946, is also void, the Brooklyn professor claimed, because he received no consideration as required by law.
Schatz's complaint said he worked with Waksman as a Rutgers graduate student in 1943 and that he conducted experiments that led to discovery of the drug.
Professor Schatz, a former Passaic resident, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Sehatz. 15-02 11th St., Fair Lawn. He attended Passaic Public schools and was graduated from Rutgers University with honors. He lives in Brooklyn.
Representing him in the suit are Louis Libert, an attorney residing in this city, and a member of the New York Bar and Jerome C. Eisenberg, of Newark.