Astrid Woollard

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), BioMedBridges Security Policy Adviser

Astrid Woollard was born in Vienna (Austria), where she studied for a Master’s in Microbiology and Genetics. During her undergraduate degree, Astrid worked for a diverse range of pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies and gained her first hands-on experience in regulatory affairs and quality control. In 2008, Astrid moved to the UK to read for a DPhil in Plant Sciences at St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford while managing her own jewellery business. In 2012, Astrid took up the position of Security Policy Adviser for the BioMedBridges project at the Science and Technology Facilities Council and has since focused on intellectual property and ethical issues arising from data sharing and re-use within this EU project. Astrid’s unique background allows her to address questions that need  to combine both research interests and legal obligations.

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Talk Title: 
Fit for purpose? Big Data and Intellectual Property Rights.
Talk Abstract: 

BioMedBridges is an EU FP7 project that connects data across the ESFRI life sciences infrastructures. The right Intellectual Property (IP) policy can give Europe a competitive advantage in exploiting its life sciences research for applications including drug discovery for personalised medicine, agricultural applications of genomic research, and production of chemicals with engineered enzymes. However, finding the right IP policy is challenging as current legislation does not provide all answers to the growing needs of Big Data. BioMedBridges is used as business model example for impact-creation oriented IP policy development that satisfies stakeholder and data value chain demands.

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