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Episode 34: CRISPR, Part I

Episode 34: CRISPR, Part I

In this two part series, guest correspondent Falguni Joshi delves into the world of CRISPR-Cas9—a revolutionary gene editing technology that has made headlines recently. For this week’s episode, Falguni sits down with Dr. Raj Mandal to understand how CRISPR works, what its implications are and how Dr. Mandal uses it in his lab to conduct cancer research.

Falguni then turns to the underlying patent dispute with Professor Jacob Sherkow and Steven Hollander. Professor Sherkow and Steve explain how the dispute began, the differences in the innovations made by the two parties, and the procedural history.

Dr. Raj Mandal is a Head and Neck Surgery fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Mandal is actively involved in cancer research using gene editing technologies such as CRISPR Cas9.

Steven Hollander works in the area of not-for-profit and patent law and writes on the intersection of scientific innovation, bioethics, and law. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Bioethics Committee where he is the chair of the Patent Law Subcommittee. He received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a Certificate in Premedical Sciences from Columbia University, and a J.D., cum laude, from Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University where he was an Associate Editor for the Hofstra Law Review.

Professor Sherkow is an Associate Professor of Law at the New York Law School Innovation Center for Law and Technology, where he teaches a variety of courses related to intellectual property. His research focuses on how scientific developments, especially in the biosciences, affect patent law and litigation. Professor Sherkow has been a frequent commentator on patent matters in popular outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR. He also has experience as a patent litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York.


Music on this week’s episode:

Clocks Set by Silent Partner: https://youtu.be/Ym8r-34xu0M

Experimental by strange day: https://soundcloud.com/strange-day

Our theme song is Roller Blades by Otis McDonald: https://youtu.be/Ym8r-34xu0M


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Christina Sauerborn

Christina Sauerborn is a third-year J.D. Candidate at Fordham University School of Law and Online Editor of Volume XXVIII of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.