Bhaven N. Sampat


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, an affiliated faculty member at Columbia Law School, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. I received my B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. (all in economics) from Columbia.

Most of my research focuses on issues at the intersection of health policy and innovation policy. For example, I am currently examining the implementation of pharmaceutical patent laws in developing countries, the effects of upstream patents on downstream innovation and commercialization, the roles of the public and private sectors in drug development, and the returns to different types of medical research.

My previous work includes research on U.S. drug patent policy, the political economy of the the NIH, patent examination and patent quality, measuring innovation, and the role of patents in university-industry technology transfer.


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