Scientists have long used patents to protect their inventions and allow them opportunities to commercialise their work. However, recent attempts to patent human gene sequences have raised questions over whether a sequence of DNA is an invention or a discovery and highlighted some of the challenges in assessing the patentability of biomedical developments. Proponents argue that we need biomedical patents to provide the incentive for innovation but others believe that they could stifle scientific progress. Recent controversies in cancer and stem cell research have highlighted the social and ethical, as well as the economic implications of biomedical patents.
In this TalkScience event, Dr Jackie Hunter (Chief Executive of the BBSRC) will chair a panel of expert speakers, including Professor Alan Ashworth (Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research), as we investigate the role of patents in biomedical discovery and invention.
Location: Terrace Restaurant.
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