Loyola University Chicago

Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy

School of Law


Life Science scholars gather for Wiet Conference

Life Science scholars gather for Wiet Conference

Interest in life science law is exploding.  Yet until now, the academic law community has never hosted a signature event bringing together life science professors to share ideas and present their research. Thanks to the generous support of Loyola law alumnus Mitch Wiet (JD ’65), Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy hosted its inaugural Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference on Friday, October 13, at the School of Law. Organized by Loyola professors Cynthia Ho and Jordan Paradise, the conference provides an intellectual venue for life science scholars and practitioners to collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment that fosters recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic area of legal study.

Twenty-four national and international scholars were selected from a call for papers to present their articles in a workshop format with 15 minutes to present followed by 15 minutes of participant feedback.  Peter Maybarduk, Director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program (pictured above), delivered the keynote address, “Politics, Power and Drug Pricing in the Trump Era.” 

Scholarly articles spanned a variety of topics, including proposals for enhanced FDA exclusivity periods, IP aspects of precision medicine, legal strategies post-Myriad, state drug pricing laws, regulation of gene editing, and the role of international treaties in life science research.