Teaching and Writing

I’ve always been interested in the business models and competitive strategies of the life sciences industry.  And also in the legal and public policy underpinnings of the technology sector in general.  Sharing my enthusiasm for these topics, I’ve taught policy and law classes at The Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University Law School, University of Maryland General Honors Program and the FAES Graduate School at the National Institutes of Health.

For the Spring 2013 semester, I’m teaching two courses for  the Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in biotechnology.  Technology Transfer and Commercialization is co-taught with Jill Sorensen and the other, Legal Aspects of Biotechnology, is an on-line class.  Also, I taught “Strategic Planning for the Biotech Enterprise” as an on-line course at Hopkins in 2011.

And I’ve published a number of articles, spoken frequently at conferences and testified before Congress about IP and technology transfer matters. My favorites of these include:


“Inspirations for BioPharma IP Strategy,” for the Chicago Chapter, Licensing Executives Society, Chicago, IL, May 22, 2012.


“What’s So Ethical About Genomics?,” as a lecture and seminar topic for undergraduate biology students at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, April 23-24, 2012.

“Creating IP Value in Uncertain Times,” as a panel member for the Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference, Herndon, Virginia, October 23, 2008

Co-authored amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court for the prevailing party in J.E.M. Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l, Inc., 534 U.S. 124 (2001)

“Genome research: fulfilling the public’s expectations for knowledge and commercialization,” Science 14 August 1992: 908-914
“Controlling the Applications of Biotechnology: A Critical Analysis of the Proposed Moratorium on Animal Patenting,” 1 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 1, May 1988

“Biotechnology as an intellectual property,” Science 27 April 1984: 357-363


And look for the book I’m writing with Dan Passeri of Curis, Inc., entitled Law and Business Strategies for the Life Science Enterprise, Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2014).