Title: The Impact of Legislative Framework Conditions on the Development of Stem Cell Technology: Assessment of National Innovation Systems
Other Titles: An assessment on the level of national innovation systems
Authors: Huys, Isabelle ×
Du Plessis, Mariƫtte
Waer, Christophe
Van Overwalle, Geertrui
Van Looy, Bart #
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Publisher: M.A. Liebert
Series Title: Biotechnology Law Report vol:30 issue:2 pages:191-196
Abstract: Stem cells have the potential to launch a newarea ofmedicine, curing deadly diseases with custom-made tissues
and organs. But science and technology may have to take note of regulatory developments, which might impact
if, how, and where that hope will be realized. Until now, no data have been available on the influence of national
human stem cell research legislation on the technological activity in the field of stem cells. In this contribution,
we assess whether legislative framework conditions affect technological activity in this field. Stem cell patent activity
(US Patent and Trademark Office [USPTO]/European Patent Office [EPO]) and legislative framework conditions
with respect to human stem cell research have been identified and characterized for the period 1997–2003 for 23
countries. For these countries, differences in human stem cell legislation coincide with differences in technological
productivity.Where obtaining human stem cells from supernumerary embryos is permitted, higher levels of technological
productivity for all types of stem cell research are observed.Amore permissive legislative approach to human
therapeutic cloning coincides with greater emphasis on embryonic stem cell development activities in general. These
findings suggest that technology trajectories are modulated by (national) legislative frameworks.
ISSN: 0730-031X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Care and Pharmaco-economics (-)
Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), Leuven
Research Unit KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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