MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University College of Law professor S. Sean Tu has been named a scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.
The O’Neill Institute brings together experts from public health and legal fields to help create innovative solutions to the most pressing global health concerns. It works to end pandemics, ensure human rights and build the right to health for people across the globe.
Tu is currently working on several research papers dealing with the intersection of patent law and FDA law, with the goal of finding solutions to provide better access to cheaper life-changing medicine.
“I am excited and honored to be named a scholar at the O’Neill Institute because it gets my patent law work in front of health law scholars,” he said.
Tu’s academic research focuses on the role of patent law in the biotechnology industry. He has written three books and numerous articles in journals such as the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Duke Law and Technology Review and the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology. His scientific papers have appeared in Cell, Nature Cell Biology, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. In 2014, Tu was awarded the WVU Law’s Significant Scholarship Award for his research.
At WVU Law, Tu teaches patent law, patent prosecution, FDA law, law and science and biotechnology law. He has also served as the associate dean for faculty research and development.
Tu is a licensed patent attorney and received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Cornell University.