Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 320 – Negotiating with the Professor
Professor Sun looked at the student in front of him. He had met students who had started their own businesses, and students in their 30s in this university before.
But this was the first time he met a student like Feng Yu. A student around the age of 18 and owns a successful business. This was also the first time he hears that a student will be funding the professors’ researches. If it were not the vice principal telling him about this, he would have thought that this was a joke!
“Professor Sun, Professor Sun? Are you doing bioengineering research?” Feng Yu looked at the dazed professor.
“Xiao Feng. No, Feng Yu…. Sorry…… Ermmm…. Mr. Feng.” Professor Sun does not know how to address Feng Yu. As a student of Beijing University, he should address Feng Yu as Xiao Feng or student Feng. But Feng Yu’s status was different today. He will be the one that will be providing his research funds. It was still awkward for Professor Sun to address Feng Yu as Mr. Feng.
“Professor Sun, you can address me as Xiao Feng or Feng Yu.” Feng Yu could tell that Professor Sun was feeling awkward. But Feng Yu does not mind at all. He had met professors and even high-ranking officials from the provincial government. All of them had addressed him as Mr. Feng or Manager Feng.
“Then I will address you as Xiao Feng. We are from the biology department. Our university does not have a bioengineering department.”
It was Feng Yu’s turn to be embarrassed. He had heard about bioengineering in his previous life, but he did not know that Beijing University does not have this department. The university’s leaders had not mentioned this to him at their meeting yesterday.
But biology should be about this same as bioengineering. Biology research should also include the medicines he wanted.
“Professor Sun, does biology includes biochemistry?’ Feng Yu asked.
“Of course. Biochemistry is a subject in which all our students have to take. Biology includes a lot of things……”
Professor Sun starts to introduce his expertise. Feng Yu listened attentively. This Professor Sun was the indeed the person he was looking for.
Feng Yu listened to Professor Sun for about half an hour, and he interrupted him. Professor Sun had talked about plants, humans, etc. Feng Yu does not understand what he was talking about.
“Professor Sun, can you turn your expertise into products? A product that can benefit mankind. For example, some calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, etc., tablets which can be absorbed faster by our bodies. Or, some vitamins, Amino acids pills that can relive our tiredness? Or, maybe some tablets that can help us sleep better, grow taller or slim down faster. Are you able to do that?”
Feng Yu did not mention that he wanted to make money with these medicines. He only talks about benefiting mankind. This was something noble, and Professor Sun was smiling.
“I did some researches on the things you mentioned. Other professors in our department wanted to research the things you mentioned. However, we do not have enough funds.” Professor Sun looked at Feng Yu in his eyes.
Feng Yu: “……”
Damn. Who says that the professors in this era were righteous and noble? This professor only wants money. But this was also a good thing.
“Then I will provide the funding. But who will own the results of the research?” Feng Yu smiled and asked.
“The research results? Of course, the school will own it.” Professor Sun said. “You want your name on the research papers? Then you must transfer to my faculty. But you need to be a research student first.”
Humph! Who the hell wants to be part of the research? I am funding the researches and even though the study will be conducted by you all, and the school will be providing the laboratories and equipment, how can the university own the research results? I should get a share of it!
If it wasn’t for the difficulties in setting up a research laboratory now, I will also not work with you. I would set up my own research laboratory!
“Professor Sun, I think I did not make things clear to you. I am not giving away my money for nothing. I am funding the researches because I want the results of the studies. To the university, this research result will only be an achievement or some honor. But for me, I can turn these research results into products. Don’t you want the fruits of your labor to be introduced to the market and benefit everyone? Let everyone praise you?
Benefit everyone and let everybody praise?
Professor Sun became excited, and his face turned red. He had thought about this before. He also wanted to get a noble prize. But if he can’t get a noble prize, it would also be good to hear praises from the people.
But he could not make this decision to hand over the result of his research to Feng Yu. All this while, the university owns all their researches. He had never heard of someone owning their research results.
But in the past, no one had ever funded their researches before.
Feng Yu saw that Professor Sun was tempted and he continued: “Professor Sun, think about this. If you give me the result of your researches, I can manufacture it and sell it to the rest of the world. I can use the profits to continue funding you and your fellow professors’ researches. We can even earn money from the Western countries. This will be a great achievement!”
“Of course, as the person leading this research, you should also get some rewards. This would motivate more professors and scientist in your field to conduct more researches and let more people become interested in biology. We can let this subject be known all over China and let more people research on the wonders of biology!”
Feng Yu was getting more and more exaggerated, but Professor Sun likes what he said. This was a dream for him.
“But can those things you mentioned, really make money?”
Will there really be people that want to buy calcium tablets, vitamins, growth enhancement pills, slimming pills, etc.?
“Of course! Our country’s economy is growing at an amazing speed. Do you have grandchildren? Do you want your grandchildren to grow taller? Also, you are looking tired. Do you get tired easily? If there are energy drinks that can relieve your fatigue, or prevent you from getting sleepy, will you take it? Even if no one in China wants to take it, there will be someone in this world that will need it. It can definitely make money!”
Feng Yu was also not greedy. If only one of the things he mentioned were developed successfully, he would make at least a few hundred million of profits. If two or more researches were successful, the profits would be higher.
There also some things that were already discovered, but no one knows how to use it. For example, L-carnitine. In the future years, almost every slimming pills have L-carnitine components in it. But now, it was only used as a form of health supplement and was used primarily in the milk powder for babies.
Even if these professors were not successful with their researches, had only found out the other uses of L-carnitine, and Feng Yu would be happy to give them a few million RMB!
“Let me consider about this. I also need to discuss with the others. I will give you an answer in two days’ time.”
Actually, Professor Sun had already made up his mind. But the things Feng Yu mentioned could not be done by him alone. His expertise was in vitamins. Also, he needs to talk to the University’s leaders. He does not have the authority to make such decisions.
Looking at Professor Sun’s expression, Feng Yu knew that this was a done deal!