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TalkScience@BL, March 2014

Inventions and Discoveries and Biomedicine: Patently Obvious?

A discussion chaired by Professor Jackie Hunter with Professor Alan Ashworth, Dr Nick Bourne and Dr Berwyn Clarke. 4th March 2014

Our 24th TalkScience event Inventions and Discoveries and Biomedicine: Patently Obvious? brought together scientists, policy makers and IP specialists to debate the whether biomedical patents help or hinder biomedical research.

Our panel of experts included Professor Alan Ashworth (Institute of Cancer Research), Dr Nick Bourne (Cardiff University Commercial Development) and Dr Berwyn Clarke (biomedical entrepreneur). The event was chaired by Professor Jackie Hunter (Chief Executive of the BBSRC)

Discussion points included:

  • Do we need biomedical patents to encourage innovation or do they stifle scientific progress?
  • How do we decide what constitutes a biomedical invention and what is simply a discovery?
  • What is the impact of patents on patient access to health care?

This event was part of an extended series of events running alongside our Beautiful Science exhibition.

If you couldn’t make it on the night, the podcast is available here. We look forward to seeing you at our next TalkScience@BL event.