Bhaven N. Sampat


Bhaven Sampat,  PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. He also holds a courtesy affiliation with Columbia Law School and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and has taught in SIPA's MPA and MIA programs, and in the Sustainable Development PhD program at the Earth Institute.

An economist by training, Sampat is centrally interested in issues at the intersection of health policy and innovation policy. His current work examines the causes and consequences of generic firms’ challenges to pharmaceutical patents in the U.S., the impact of pharmaceutical patent laws on innovation and access to medicines in the developing countries, the political economy of the National Institutes of Health, and the returns to publicly funded medical research. Dr. Sampat has also written extensively on the effects of university patenting and the Bayh-Dole Act on academic medicine, and on patent quality issues in the U.S., and continues to be actively involved in policy debates related to these issues. He has published broadly in economics, law, business, health policy, medical and life science journals.

Dr. Sampat received his BA, MA, M.Phil., and PhD in economics from Columbia. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, where he twice won the “Faculty Member of the Year” teaching award. From 2003 to 2005 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan.

Together with C. Scott Hemphill, he is currently a recipient of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research Program to study generic challenges to pharmaceutical patents. He was also awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Investigator Award" to study the political economy of the NIH.  His work has also been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Merck Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund.

Department of Health Policy and Management

Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University

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New York, NY 10032