University Ownership of Patents: The Bayh-Dole Act and Using Patents for the Public Good Carl E. Gulbrandsen Managing Director Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation [email_address] http://www.warf.org
Stem Cell = a cell which will reproduce itself and is also capable of giving rise to a more specialized cell.
HES Cell = derived from the inner mass cells of an embryo, is pluripotent i.e. capable of giving rise to any cell type in the body; and is immortal i.e. continued, indefinite, replication without differentiation under proper culture conditions.
University patents can serve the public good by guarding against abuse and by responsible licensing.
Case in point:
Thomson – Human Embryonic Stem Cell
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