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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Emerging health technologies represent a dynamic and rapidly evolving sector within the healthcare industry with innovative solutions and tools designed to enhance the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of healthcare services. From telemedicine and wearable health devices to artificial intelligence, gene editing, and precision medicine, emerging health technologies have the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered and received. They not only offer new diagnostic and treatment options but also contribute to the collection and analysis of vast amounts of health-related data, fostering a more personalized and data-driven approach to medicine.


Examples of LML research in this field can be found below:


AI and Medical Machine Learning

A B V Pettersson, R M Ballardini, M Mimler, P Li, M Salmi, T Minssen, I Gibson and A Mäkitie ‘Legal issues and underexplored data protection in medical 3D printing: A scoping review’ (2023) 11  Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol 1102780.

M Aboy, J McNames ‘Feasibility of Tracking Human Kinematics with Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)’ Sensors, (2022)22(23). doi:10.3390/s22239378

M Aboy, W N Price and S Raker, ‘Mapping the patent landscape of medical machine learning’ (2023) 41 Nat Biotechnol 461–468.

U Petti, R Nyrup, J M Skopek and A Korhonen ‘Ethical considerations in the early detection of Alzheimer's disease using speech and AI’ (2023) in Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency 1062-1075.

T Minssen, S Gerke, M Aboy, N Price and G Cohen, “Regulatory responses to medical machine learning” (2020) 7(1) Journal of Law and the Biosciences 1.

T Minssen, E Vayena, and I G Cohen, ‘The challenges for regulating medical use of ChatGPT and other large language models’ (2023) JAMA.

J Powles and H Hodson, “Google DeepMind and Healthcare in an Age of Algorithms” (2017) Health and Technology 1-17.


Quantum Computing

M Aboy, T Minssen, M Kop, ‘Mapping the Patent Landscape of Quantum Technologies: Patenting Trends, Innovation and Policy Implications’ (2022) 53(6) International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 853.

M Kop, M Aboy, T Minssen, ‘Intellectual property in quantum computing and market power: a theoretical discussion and empirical analysis’ (2022) 17(8) Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 613.


Precision Medicine

A Sagar, K Liddell, J Liddicoat, M Aboy, ‘Patent eligibility and precision medicine: emerging technologies, legal flux and empirical methods’ in N Hawkins (ed) Patenting Biotechnical Innovation (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022).

J Skopek “Big Data’s Epistemology and its Implications for Precision Medicine and Privacy” in I. G. Cohen, H. F. Lynch, E. Vayena, U. Gasser (eds.), Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press 2018), pp. 30-41.