Rachel Sachs
Rachel Sachs
Academic Fellow

Academic Fellow


Rachel E. Sachs will join the faculty of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in Fall 2016. Rachel earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a student fellow with both the Petrie-Flom Center and the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business. Rachel has also earned a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, during which she interned at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She holds an A.B. in Bioethics from Princeton University. After law school Rachel clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Rachel's primary research interests lie at the intersection of patent law and health law, with a particular focus on problems of innovation and access and the ways in which law helps or hinders these problems. Her past scholarship has examined the interactions between patent law and FDA regulation in the area of diagnostic tests, and explored the mechanisms behind the passage of patent-related legislation. Her current scholarship applies this focus on innovation and access to the intersection of patent law and drug reimbursement policies.


Divided Infringement and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, __ IP Theory __ (forthcoming 2016).

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive, 30 Harv. J. L. & Tech. __ (forthcoming 2016).

Innovation Law and Policy: Preserving the Future of Personalized Medicine, 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1881 (2016).

Rachel E. Sachs & Carolyn A. Edelstein, Ensuring the Safe and Effective FDA Regulation of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, 2 J. L. & Biosciences 396 (2015) (peer reviewed).

The New Model of Interest Group Representation in Patent Law, 16 Yale J. L. & Tech. 344 (2014).

Note, Diagnostic Method Patents and Harms to Follow-On Innovation, 126 Harv. L. Rev. 1370 (2013).

The Supreme Court, 2011 Term—Leading Case, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 126 Harv. L. Rev. 347 (2012).

Anthony D. So & Rachel Sachs, Making Intellectual Property Work for Global Health, 53 Harv. Int’l L.J. Online 106 (2012).

Recent Case, Federal Circuit Invalidates Diagnostic Method Claims as Drawn to “Abstract Mental Processes”: Association for Molecular Pathology v. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 125 Harv. L. Rev. 658 (2011).

Research Interests

  • Patent Law

  • Health Law

  • Public Health

  • Food and Drug Regulation

  • Administrative Law


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, May 2013

    • Harvard Law Review, Articles, Book Reviews, and Commentaries Chair

    • Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellow in Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics 

    • John M. Olin Student Fellow in Law and Economics

  • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, May 2013

    • Internship: United States Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region 1

  • A.B. in Bioethics, with high honors, Princeton University, June 2009

Previous Experience

  • 2013-2014, Clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • 2012, Summer Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

  • 2009-2010, Associate in Research, Duke University Program on Global Health and Technology Access