Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Shubha Ghosh
TITLE: Identity and Invention: Patenting Personalized Medicine Through Mining Genetic Information
ABSTRACT: Personalized medicine, the tailoring of medicial diagnostic and treatment to the genetic and demographic characteristics of a patient, raises ethical and policy challenges as companies seek to mine individual genetic characteristics for the purposes of patenting and commercialization. This presentation, based on the book Identity, Invention, and the Culture of Personalized Medicine Patenting (Cambridge 2012), addresses these challenges through a reconsideration of intellectual property and information policy in the context of personalized genetic information. Taking the cases of the Nitromed patent for treatment of a black patient, the Myriad breast cancer patent, and the Prometheus patent for treatment of Crohn's disease as starting points, the author makes the case for recognizing personhood within patent policy and developing limitations on patent law that would accomodate developments in pesonalized medicine without preempting medical practice and patient treatment.
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