Innovation in the Life SciencesThe life sciences generate tremendously exciting new innovations--drugs to cure cancer, algorithms to predict disease and recommend treatment, and medical devices that can pull individual cells out of the bloodstream for analysis. These technologies are the object of a complex array of laws that govern their invention, development and deployment. This research seminar will provide an introduction to this set of laws, focusing on how they provide incentives for and shape the process of innovation. We will likely consider some combination of intellectual property, FDA-administered regulatory exclusivity, insurance reimbursement, prize systems, and potentially other regimes. While there are no prerequisites, students should be prepared to grapple with both biomedical technologies and with the mix of law and policy questions presented.NOTE: This research and writing seminar will include a significant focus on student projects. Each student will write a substantial research paper over the course of the term. Several classes will be devoted to student work, and students will be expected to write multiple drafts, to present their work to their peers, and to critique peer projects.
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