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Getting Nano Tattoos Right - A Checklist of Legal Ethical Hurdles for an Emerging Nanomedical Technology

Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, Vol. 9, Issue 6, pp. 729-731, 2013

Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 153-2013

Posted: 23 Aug 2013  

Michael G. Bennett

Northeastern University - School of Law

R. John Naranja Jr.

Independent

Date Written: May 24, 2013

Abstract

The nano tattoo represents a nascent technology designed to be implanted in the skin to provide continuous and reliable glucose detection for diabetics. Its potential benefits are compelling not only for its ability to prevent diabetic complications and decrease related social costs, but also for its ease of use and relative patient-user comfort. This Note aims to articulate a checklist of fundamental intellectual property, bioethical and system design issues that are appropriately considered in the pre-clinical, pre-commercialization phase of nano tattoo development. Early and regular consideration of these factors can increase the odds of a societally beneficial dissemination of this device by engaging relevant researcher, medical, patient-user and patient advocate communities concerned with its appropriate application, as well as policymaking communities focused on effectively managing diabetes-related healthcare costs. The checklist of factors includes fundamental issues and is generally applicable to nanomedical inventions.

Keywords: Bioethics, Intellectual Property, System design, Commercialization

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Michael G. and Naranja, R. John, Getting Nano Tattoos Right - A Checklist of Legal Ethical Hurdles for an Emerging Nanomedical Technology (May 24, 2013). Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, Vol. 9, Issue 6, pp. 729-731, 2013; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 153-2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2269731

Michael G. Bennett (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

R. John Naranja Jr.

Independent ( email )

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