El-Sayed hosts Parthasarathy on 'America Dissected'

January 12, 2022 America Dissected

How are issues of equity addressed in health care innovation and in particular the patent process? Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, addressed the question on America Dissected, a podcast created by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, recent Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence. 

"My job has always been to demonstrate to people how important patents are, to make patents sexy, because they’re so consequential and yet they seem so technical," Parthasarathy said. "And I think if there’s one thing that I would say to folks it’s that, in fact, that the fact that it gets characterized as a technical space actually makes it really even more important because so many important politics and social decisions happen there and yet we don’t look there because we think it’s objective and technical."