We’ll start with a quick introduction to the technology, practice, and applications of synthetic biology. Next, we’ll detail the BioFAB, the world-wide cooperative effort at a first production facility for making BioBrick parts. Then, a new legal framework supporting open source DNA parts. Finally, a discussion of opportunities in the law as synthetic biology goes forward.
Drew Endy is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Bioengineering at Stanford University. He previously helped set up the Department of Biological Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves as President of the BioBricks Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting open access to biological technologies, and has cofounded two biotechnology companies. Esquire magazine recently named Drew one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Drew gained his doctorate in biochemical engineering from Dartmouth College and carried out postdoctoral research at University of Texas and University of Wisconsin.
Jason M. Schultz is the Acting Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a clinical instructor at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Before joining Boalt Hall as a faculty member in the Samuelson Clinic, he was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the leading digital rights groups in the world. Prior to EFF, he practiced intellectual property law at the firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. While a student at Boalt Hall, he managed the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and interned for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the Northern District of California.
Jennifer Lynch is the Clinic Fellow and a supervising attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology, & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. At the Clinic, Jennifer represents clients and supervises students in a wide range of intellectual property and privacy matters. Prior to her work with the Clinic, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles and was an associate practicing litigation at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco.