After 37 years of service in the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), Katharine Ku retired Thursday.
Though patents are meant to encourage innovation, broad stem cell patent protection could slow research in the field, according to a recent report by the Hinxton Group, a body of scientists and public policy experts who study the ethical and legal challenges surrounding stem cell research.
In the digital world, today’s hottest innovation can be obsolete tomorrow. But some inventions endure and are built upon and improved for so many years they’re hard to live without. Two of those inventions, created at Stanford, are FM synthesis and fluorescence-activated cell sorting.