W. Nicholson Price II
W. Nicholson Price II
Academic Fellow

Academic Fellow


Nicholson Price earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served for three years as Submissions Editor of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, also from Columbia University. He holds an A.B. in Biological Sciences from Harvard College. After law school, he clerked for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was a Visiting Consortium Scholar at the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy. Nicholson’s past scholarship has involved genetic testing patents and the implications of human cloning for family law. His current scholarship has two broad foci.  First, he is studying the role of innovation policy in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Second, he is working on a variety of issues related to genetic testing and genetic sequencing, including the role of gene patents and the return of individual results in genetic research.


Making Do in Making Drugs: Innovation Policy and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (forthcoming B.C. L. Rev. 2014).

Does Whole-Genome Sequencing Circumvent Gene Patents?  Bio-IT World (December 10, 2012).

Unblocked Future: Why Gene Patents Won’t Hinder Whole-Genome Sequencing and Personalized Medicine, 33 Cardozo L. Rev. 1601 (2012).

Am I My Son? Human Clones and the Modern Family, 11 Colum. Sci. Tech. L. Rev. 118 (2010).  

Patenting Race: The Problems of Ethnic Genetic Testing of Patents, 8 Colum. Sci. Tech. L. Rev. 119 (2007). 

Research Interests

  • Patents and the Pharmaceutical Development Process
  • Genetics and Patent Law
  • Informed Consent for Genetic Research
  • Legal Regulation of the Scientific Research Process
  • Conflicts of Interest in Research


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, May 2011
    Kent Scholar, Charles Bathgate Beck Prize
    Columbia Science and Technology Law Review Submissions Editor 2006-09

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, May 2010

  • A.B. cum laude in Biological Sciences, Harvard College, June 2004
    Harvard Ballroom Dance Team
    Harvard University Choir

Previous Experience

  • 2011-12, Clerk for Judge Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 2011-12, Visiting Consortium Scholar, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy
  • 2010, Summer Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
  • 2006-09, Researcher, Laboratory of John Hunt, Columbia University
  • 2005 and 2006, Summer Associate, Quinn Emanuel, LLP