CRISPR AND GENE EDITING PATENTS: WORTH THE FIGHT?
Dr. Meg Baker - Patent Agent
Networking and Appetizers, 5:30 PM; Talk and Business Session, 7:30 PM
In May of 2012, Doudna and Charpentier published an article suggesting that a bacteria defense system known as CRISPR-Cas9 could be re-engineered (molecularly) to make it useful for targeted gene editing due to its inherent sequence specific guide RNA segment. In December of 2012, Feng Zhang filed a patent on how to make edits in human cells using such a system. Who invented human gene editing using a pair of molecular scissors made of protein guided by a short piece of nucleic acid that seeks the precise patch of DNA to cut? And, what is it really worth in research dollars, cost of therapy or drug sales, to human well-being, and perhaps to the future evolutionary changes to life on earth?
Meg has been a patent agent since 2000 and was also an accomplished research scientist. She has extensive experience related to biopharmaceuticals and novel targets for therapeutic development. She now works independently with individual inventors, start-ups and small businesses; providing guidance and strategic management for creation, protection and licensing of their intellectual property. Meg has an A.B. in biochemistry from UC Berkeley, MS from Columbia University and PhD from UC Davis in nutrition and pharmacology. Oncology is a major interest as both her post-doctoral research at Stanford University and work as an Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania was in radiation damage and repair. After leaving the academic world, she was involved with chemotherapy development and delivery as an oncology group leader in two start-up biotech companies.
Location: McKenzie Brew House, 451 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19343
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