Speaker: Prof Kaushik Sunder Rajan # The University of Chicago
24th Sep 2012
15:00 - 16:30
Seminar Room (1.06), Old Surgeons' Hall
Abstract: In this paper, I am interested in tracing how intellectual property regimes drive the re-institutionalization of pharmaceutical development in India today in unsettled and contested ways. I draw upon an exemplary case surrounding a patent on the anti-cancer drug Gleevec. I am interested in how this case resolves, in an apparent purification, into technical and constitutional components; how the technical components are entirely unsettled; and how the constitutional components open up questions regarding the relationship between biocapital and issues of constitutionalism, rights, and corporate social responsibility.
Speaker biography: Kaushik Sunder Rajan is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, where he studies the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine. His work has focused on a number of interrelated events and emergences: firstly, the increased corporatization of life science research; secondly, the emergence of new technologies and epistemologies within the life sciences, such as, significantly, genomics; and thirdly, the fact that these technoscientific and market emergences were not simply occurring in the United States, but rather globally.
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