Under a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) at the UW School of Law will be part of a new team dedicated to working with the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences.
Funding from the recently-granted NIH Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) will allow the new ELC team to work with Institute researchers to facilitate more effective "bench to bedside" transitions of health sciences research results into life saving products and services. ELC Faculty Director and law professor Sean O'Connor will also engage in tailored educational outreach and classes to Institute researchers to help them better understand the law and business issues along the "bench to bedside" pathway, so that they can better focus their research agendas from the beginning to maximize the chances of developing vital new medical therapies and diagnostics.
The ELC is a joint program of the UW law and business schools. It teams J.D. and M.B.A. students with pro bono attorneys to provide counseling across the areas of IP, business law and planning, and tax to low-income microentrepreneurs, entrepreneurs in economically distressed communities, and pre-VC funded high-tech start ups. ELC is part of the larger movement of microenterprise development programs in
the U.S. that emerged to help foster community economic development and alleviate poverty.