Mobile Health Innovation and Interagency Coordination

Annals of Health Law, Vol. 26, Issue 22
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper: An app that can tell when a phone’s owner is having a seizure.1 A device that transforms a phone into a mobile EKG machine.2 An app that helps patients track their moles over time—and… Read More

The race for a Zika vaccine slows, a setback for efforts to head off future outbreaks

STAT, September 13, 2017
by Helen Branswell

The development of a type of Zika vaccine that authorities had hoped to usher to the market has proven more challenging than some scientists and pharmaceutical companies had expected, people involved in… Read More

Lasker Prizes Go to Planned Parenthood and Developers of HPV Vaccine

New York Times, September 6, 2017
by Heather Murphy

One of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine will go to Planned Parenthood and two scientists who played a crucial role in developing the vaccine to combat HPV, a sexually transmitted… Read More

Administering Health Innovation

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming 2018
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

Abstract Scholars and policymakers have recently begun to focus on the role federal agencies charged with health-related missions can play in the development of innovative health technologies and promotion… Read More

Trying to Keep up with the Health Care Debate on the Hill? Follow These Folks on Twitter

STAT News, June 13, 2017
by Megha Satyanarayana, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is picking up steam again as the Senate works on its bill behind closed doors. How to keep track of it all? Here are a few folks to follow on… Read More

(Health) Law and Order

Beyond the Microscope Podcast, March 28, 2017
by Mumu Xu, interviewing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

We’ve got a special episode today for all you STEM/legal nerds. Our guest is Rachel Sachs, an Associate Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Rachel works at… Read More

Sanofi, Regeneron ask court to shield Dupixent from Amgen patent attack

FiercePharma, March 21, 2017
by Tracy Staton, citing blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: [...]Amgen has caught fire for its aggressive stance on its PCSK9 patents, which also protect its own drug in the class, Repatha. Market watchers note that a similar patent fight—Merck… Read More

Regulating Black-Box Medicine

Michigan Law Review, March 21, 2017
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the abstract: Data drive modern medicine. And our tools to analyze those data are growing ever more powerful. As health data are collected in greater and greater amounts, sophisticated algorithms… Read More

Research Associate - Healthcare
Harvard Business School

Deadline: Open until filled.

Duties & Responsibilities The Research Associate works directly with Professor Michael Porter as one of his principal, full-time research associates. The role will focus almost exclusively on… Read More

Regulating Secrecy

Washington Law Review, 2016, Vol. 91, Nr. 4
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: Inventors face a stark choice between two intellectual property systems of protecting innovative ideas: patents and trade secrecy. But accounts of this choice underexplore the role of the… Read More

Promoting healthcare innovation on the demand side

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, January 16, 2017 (online first)
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus) and Rebecca S. Eisenberg

Abstract: Innovation policy often focuses on fortifying the incentives of firms that develop and sell new products by offering them lucrative rights to exclude competitors from the market. Regulators also… Read More

Federal Circuit Court Appeal Cites Rachel E. Sachs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, January 13, 2017, No. 17-1480
by Paul D. Clement et al., citing work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

No. 17-1480 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT   AMGEN INC., AMGEN MANUFACTURING, LTD., and AMGEN USA, INC., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. SANOFI, SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC, AVENTISUB… Read More

Regeneron CEO: Amgen’s disruptive Praluent-blocking patent move hurts patients

FiercePharma, January 10, 2017
by Carly Helfand, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Now, Regeneron and Sanofi will ask the Federal Circuit “to quickly review if we can have a stay, and frankly, the merits of the entire case as quickly as possible,”… Read More

Could Amgen’s Patent Victory Be Bad For Medicine?

Forbes, January 6, 2017
by Matthew Herper, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Last night, in a nearly unprecedented move, a federal judge ordered a cholesterol medicine that is on the market and used by patients to be withdrawn because it infringes on the patents… Read More

Harnessing the U.S. Taxpayer to Fight Cancer and Make Profits

New York Times, December 19, 2016
by Matt Richtel and Andrew Pollack, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article: Rachel Sachs, an associate law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and expert in innovation policy, said the government had every right to seek price concessions. She noted… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Academic Fellow Alumnus Michael Frakes

Petrie-Flom Center, October 21, 2016

Michael Frakes was an Academic Fellow from 2009-2011, during which time he researched deterrence and medical malpractice law, culminating in a publication in the University of Chicago Law Review.… Read More

President’s Innovation Challenge
Harvard Innovation Lab

Deadline: December 5, 2016

General Description: We are pleased to announce the sixth annual President's Innovation Challenge for entrepreneurship. Hosted by the Harvard Innovation Labs, the Challenge amplifies the… Read More

5 reasons why no one has built a better EpiPen

STAT, September 9, 2016
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] But critics say Mylan has little incentive to improve EpiPens: “If you’re the monopolist, and you’ve got a product that expires every year, and it’s not super easy to… Read More

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Launches Service Affiliate C-TAC Innovations,

The Coalition to Transform Care (C-TAC) is the Petrie-Flom Center's partner in the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy, launched in March 2016.            … Read More

Federal Government’s Proposed Expansion of Regulation of Biospecimen Research Should Be Reconsidered

Biopreservation and Biobanking, September 2016
by Christopher T. Robertson and Jonathan D. Loe

Note: The full article is behind a paywall. Abstract: In September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, together with other federal agencies, announced proposed changes to the rules governing… Read More

Post-Doctoral Fellow for Law and Ethics of Assistive Technology in Aging
University of Ottawa: Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Deadline: October 08, 2016

Brief Job Description: We are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to pursue an innovative research program at the intersection of law/ethics/technology with a focus on aging. We… Read More

Health Law Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Deadline: October 15, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a tenure-stream position beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. For this position, we seek candidates interested in teaching courses… Read More

Health Insurance as Innovation Incentive

Jotwell, June 9, 2016
by Amy Monahan, reviewing paper by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

Excerpt from the article: In Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive, Rachel Sachs brings together the often disparate worlds of intellectual property theory and health insurance… Read More

Balancing the Surgeon’s Responsibility to Individuals and Society

Springer, 2016
by Bruce D. White and Luke C. Gelinas (Clinical Research Ethics Fellow)

From the chapter in The SAGES Manual, Ethics of Surgical Innovation: 18. Balancing the Surgeon’s Responsibility to Individuals and Society Cutting-edge and progressive physicians and surgeons innovate.… Read More

Call for Papers: Tenth Annual Symposium on Health Law and Policy
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Annals of Health Law invite original research paper submissions on innovations in life sciences and stakeholder… Read More

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract:  A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law is the need to incentivize appropriately the development of new pharmaceuticals. Although physicians have… Read More

Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But optimal use of healthcare products also requires good information about the likely effects of products in… Read More

Book Review: FDA in the Twenty-First Century:The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (April 1, 2016)
by Ryan Abbot, reviewing book edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the review:  FDA in the 21st Century is an excellent edited volume based on the Petrie–Flom Center's 2013 Annual Conference. The conference sought to gather thought… Read More

Academic Fellow Alumnus W.Nicholson Price II to Join Faculty at University of Michigan School of Law

Petrie-Flom Center, March 31, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellow Alumnus W. Nicholson Price II has been appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Law. Nicholson… Read More

New Journal of Law & Biosciences featuring Harvard student work

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 3, Issue 1 (April 2016)

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School in partnership with Duke University and Stanford University, has… Read More

The Unpatentable Microbiome

New England Regional Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop, February 12, 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

Presentation Abstract:  Scientists have recently begun to appreciate the important role played by the human microbiome, the community of microbes that live within each of our bodies and outnumber… Read More

Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs to Join Faculty at Washington University School of Law

Petrie-Flom Center, February 17, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs has been appointed an Associate Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.  At Washington… Read More

Why Preventing Cancer Is Not the Priority in Drug Development

The Upshot, New York Times, December 28, 2015
by Austin Frakt, citing Ben Roin (former Academic Fellow and Faculty Co-Director)

From the article:  Most people would agree that it would be better to prevent cancer, if we could, than to treat it once it developed. Yet economic incentives encourage researchers to focus on… Read More

2016 President’s Challenge
Harvard Innovation Lab

Deadline: February 08, 2016

There are truly important issues facing the world today. The President’s Challenge demonstrates the University’s commitment to using the i-lab as a vehicle for bringing individuals together… Read More

Call for Applications: OneStart Accelerator Programme
OneStart, London & Boston

Deadline: December 01, 2015

Translate your research into the real world. Join us at our official Boston Launch Night to learn about OneStart, the world's largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator programme, and the chance… Read More

Innovations in Health Law and Policy: Regulatory Challenges and Strategies for Change Conference

UNH School of Law, October 26, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Innovations in Health Law and Policy: Regulatory Challenges and Strategies for Change When: Monday, October 26, 2015 Where: UNH School of Law 2 White Street Concord, New Hampshire Presented by the Health… Read More

Heidi Williams wins MacArthur “genius grant”

MIT News, September 29, 2015
by Peter Dizikes, on Heidi Williams (Student Fellow Alumna)

From the article: MIT economist Heidi Williams, whose scholarly work looks at the effects of patent policies and technology on medical research and health care, has been granted a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.… Read More

Big Data, Patents, and the Future of Medicine

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming , September 13, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:  Big data has tremendous potential to improve health care. Unfortunately, intellectual property law isn’t ready to support that leap. In the next wave of data-driven medicine, black-box… Read More

Review of Innovation Law and Policy: Preserving the Future of Personalized Medicine

Written Description Blog, July 27, 2015
by Lisa Ouellette

From the review: I highly recommend two recently posted articles on declining innovation incentives for diagnostic tests, particularly due to changes in patentable subject matter doctrine. In Innovation… Read More

Will clinical trial data disclosure reduce incentives to develop new uses of drugs?

Nature Biotechnology, July 2015, Vol. 33, No. 7
by W Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus) & Timo Minssen (past Visiting Scholar)

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price, now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and past Visiting Scholar Timo Minnsen, Associate… Read More

Countdown to Cures

The Medicine Maker, June 25th, 2015, Issue #0615
by Stephanie Sutton, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article:  [...] According to Rachel Sachs, an academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School who has been following the Act with interest, 21st Century Cures has the potential… Read More

Innovation Law and Policy

U. C. Davis Law Review, Forthcoming 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs

Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs has a new article forthcoming in 2016 on law and the future of personalized medicine. From the article: Personalized medicine is the future of health care, and as such incentives… Read More

Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs Presents at 2015 Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property Colloquium

Petrie-Flom Center, February 7, 2015

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs presented her paper, "Innovation Law and Policy: Preserving the Future of Personalized Medicine," at the 2015 Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property (WIPIP)… Read More

Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review collaborative blogging with Health Affairs

Petrie-Flom, February 5, 2015

The Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review was a big success!  Video will be posted on our website shortly, but our presenters will be posting on their respective topics in a collaborative blog… Read More

Clinical Trial Recruitment: Problems, Misconceptions, and Possible Solutions,

Petrie-Flom Center, February 5, 2015

On January 19 - 21, 2015, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst |… Read More

Innovator in Residence
Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: April 01, 2015

A rapidly growing public health startup, ORGANIZE, is seeking to hire a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial individual to serve a two-year appointment of Innovator In Residence (IIR) at the Department of… Read More

Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs Guest Lecturing in Reading Group at Harvard Law School

Petrie-Flom Center, January 22, 2015

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs will be a regular guest lecturer in a reading group at Harvard Law School, co-taught by with Professors Terry Fisher and Mark Wu in Spring 2015,… Read More

Job and Internship Openings
The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Deadline: May 26, 2015

The Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) is seeking summer interns for its 2015 summer clinic semester in its Health Law and Policy Clinic and its… Read More

Deans’ Food System Challenge on Monday, October 27th
Harvard Innovation Lab

Deadline: October 27, 2014

Kickoff Event: Monday, October 27th, 2014, 6:00 PM Location: Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA Through the 2015 Deans’ Food System Challenge, creative and entrepreneurial students… Read More

Welcome 2014-2016 Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs!

Petrie-Flom Center, April 17, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce the new 2014-2016 Academic Fellow, Rachel Sachs. Rachel earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was… Read More

Academic Fellow W. Nicholson Price II Appointed Asst. Professor at UNH School of Law

Petrie-Flom Center, March 13, 2014

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Nicholson Price has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he will research and teach on intellectual… Read More

Legal Aspects of Biobanking as Key Issues for Personalized Medicine & Translational Exploitation

by Timo Minssen (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar) and Jens Schovsbo

Abstract: This perspective-article provides an overview on selected legal aspects of biobanking. It discusses these issues with a focus on public biobanks in a university setting and the specific… Read More