Law and Tech Management
As a continuation to my previous blog on transition from scientist to entrepreneur, I will be going over an important question that every scientist should start thinking about from day one of his or her grad school/postdoc tenure: “Can I productize my research?” or “To which existing product can my research add value?”
The pharmaceutical supply and distribution chain is increasing vulnerable to business and criminal abuses. On the micro level, there is a need to police abuse of prescription drugs through prescribing “pill mills.” On a macro level, counterfeit drugs jeopardize our ability to provide treatment to critical ill persons. On Jul 12, 2012, the FDA issued letters to 19 practices in the US about the possibility that they had distributed counterfeit Avastin, a cancer drug, compromising the efficacy of chemotherapy. According to the FDA:
As a graduate student or a postdoctoral research associate, we are so focused on getting the experiment done, or writing a publication-worthy research article, that we often forget that there is always a possibility that our experiments can be used as preliminary data to set-up a company.
Yes, the research that we are working on can be commercialized but, unfortunately, most of us in the academic world do not consider the commercialization aspect of our discoveries on a daily basis, if ever.
I want to do a small series on crime and punishment. I have mentioned before that I have a degree in Russian literature. I venture to say that most life science students have not thought about jobs working at the interface between the life sciences and the law.
But there are a wide array of fascinating jobs and an increasing need for adept individuals with biotech skills to help keep the nation’s drug supply safe.
Why am I so interested in prescription drug crimes? Well, a long, long time ago in a city far away across the San Francisco Bay, I worked as an undercover narcotics operative. For almost 2 years, I bought prescription drugs from unscrupulous, unprincipled pharmacies and health care practitioners. The Bureau of Investigation of the State of California recruited me when I was a grad student at CAL Berkeley. And I worked one half day a week while doing my master’s.
As promised, today is my first entry explaining how I got into patent law following a career in science. I became interested in biology while in high school, so I majored in biological sciences while at Rutgers. However, I enjoyed freedom a little too much, and ended up failing out twice.
Welcome, readers! I am Jenne Relucio, a pre-doctorate scientist at Stony Brook University in New York. As a guest blogger on Bio Careers, I will be writing about making the leap from the research bench to non-traditional careers in the life sciences. In my future entries (which I am planning to post every 2nd and last Thursday of each month), I also hope to provide glimpses into my personal experiences as I transition from being a student researcher in academia towards starting a career in patent law.
What is technology transfer? Everybody has a different definition. Usually, people think it comes from the meaning of the word, “transfer,” and yes, who doesn’t understand the word “transfer?” Transfer school, transfer money from one account to another…etc, but technology transfer has a different meaning and definition.