Matthew Herder was the Kauffman Fellow at New York University School of Law for the 2009 academin year, and has since joined the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University as an Assistant Professor. He holds a Master of the Science of Law degree from Stanford Law School, law degrees from Dalhousie University, and a science degree from Memorial University. Matthew completed his articles at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and is a member of the Ontario Bar. He clerked at the Federal Court, served as a policy consultant to Health Canada, and was a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago.
Matthew’s research focused on how intellectual property rights (especially patent rights) and the emphasis placed upon commercializing early-stage, publicly funded research impacts knowledge sharing, wealth distribution, and human health. He is interested in better understanding how intellectual property rights and management practices relate to other elements of an innovation system, especially regulatory frameworks, as well as how those rights and practices can shape new fields of scientific inquiry like stem cell research or new health interventions such as biopharmaceuticals and vaccines. Recent works include an article probing the impact of patents upon the development of personalized medicines (forthcoming in the Annals of Health Law), a study of two different models for commercializing stem cell science (presented at a Workshop on “Collaborative Intellectual Property Mechanisms” sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), and two papers co-authored with Françoise Baylis tracking the development of policy related to embryo research in Canada (published by the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry).