Getting Nano Tattoos Right - A Checklist of Legal Ethical Hurdles for an Emerging Nanomedical Technology
Michael G. Bennett
Northeastern University - School of Law
R. John Naranja Jr.
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
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
Date posted: August 23, 2013