Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen Joe Allen is a Featured Contributor on, and a 30-year veteran of national efforts to foster public/private sector commercialization partnerships, and author of numerous articles on technology management for national publications.

Joe served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with former Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN), and was instrumental in working behind the scenes to ensure passage of the historic Bayh-Dole Act. He is our resident Bayh-Dole expert, and will write frequently about Bayh-Dole and issues surrounding the commercialization of university research.

In 2008, Joe founded Allen & Associates, through which he offers consulting services assisting clients in technology transfer issues, including developing effective communication strategies with national policy makers.

Posts by Joseph Allen

Winning the Drug Development Debate

We create two new companies around academic inventions every day of the year. The critical role such companies play in drug development is clear. The successful integration …
By Joseph Allen
3 days ago 0

State Department, Universities Blast UN Attack on Patents

If the UN Secretary General and the members of his "High Level Panel on Access to Medicines" thought the State Department was bluffing when it warned against …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 3

UN Secretary General’s Panel on Access to Medicines Reports: Government Knows Best

Delayed for months beyond its expected issue date the Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicine's report emerged yesterday. Apparently the panelists scrambled to better …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 4

Are Patents the Reason Poor Countries Lack Healthcare?

A consistent charge against the patent system is that it denies the poor access to critical medicines. This belief led the UN Secretary General to launch his …
By Joseph Allen
2 months ago 3

NIH Director Collins Stands Up to the March in Mob

The problem with this theory is that the Bayh-Dole Act does not provide agencies the authority to regulate product prices. The law allows universities and contractors to …
By Joseph Allen
4 months ago 0

UN Access to Medicine Recommendations Will Increase Human Suffering

The pending report of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines not only attacks the patent system as predicted, but proposes giving the …
By Joseph Allen
5 months ago 7

The UN’s Misguided Focus on Patents as the Cause of Drug Shortages

Improving access to needed medicines for those suffering the ravages of disease in developing countries is a serious issue. There are many factors contributing to the problem …
By Joseph Allen
5 months ago 15

When Government Tried March In Rights To Control Health Care Costs

As we await the decision from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the petition backed by Senator Bernie Sanders and others urging that the march in …
By Joseph Allen
6 months ago 10

NIH Pressured to Misuse Bayh-Dole to Control Drug Prices

Secretary Burwell and Director Collins are facing formidable pressure to reinterpret the Bayh-Dole Act for the compulsory licensing of costly drugs arising from federally supported research. And …
By Joseph Allen
7 months ago 6

Winning the Patent Policy Wars

We're in the business of transforming early stage, publicly funded research into useful products. The odds against success are long as commercialization requires years of hard work, …
By Joseph Allen
8 months ago 2

Bayh-Dole Under March-in Assault: Can It Hold Out?

The new year was hardly underway before Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and 50 of his House colleagues sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell …
By Joseph Allen
9 months ago 0

Bayh-Dole at 35: Lauded in Kazakhstan, Dissed in Boston

Being abroad where Bayh-Dole is recognized as the gold standard in technology transfer made the article more jarring. Like whack a mole, the refuted claims of the …
By Joseph Allen
10 months ago 4

Lincoln loved our patent system, Let’s not tear it down

Abraham Lincoln once called the patent system one of the three greatest advances in human history, along with the discovery of America and the printing press... The …
By Joseph Allen
11 months ago 11

Will More Regulation Create Cheaper Drugs?

The idea of reducing drug prices through more government control is always simmering on the backburner and doesn’t require much to bring it to a full …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 12

Patents, Prosperity and Political Systems

Unfortunately, we are going through another period where many see the triumvirate of big government, big business and big labor guiding an economy stuck at a 2% growth …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 8