Timo Minssen

Timo Minssen

Centerleder, professor

Timo Minssen is Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and the Founding Director of UCPH's Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL). His research, supervision, teaching & part-time advisory practice concentrates on Intellectual Property-, Competition- & Regulatory Law with a special focus on new technologies, big data & artificial intelligence in the health & life sciences. Timo is member of several international committees and regularly advising the WHO, WIPO, EU Commission, various organizations, law firms and national governments. He presents his research at international IP symposia, major law firms, the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Hong Kong & Tokyo, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Stanford Law School, Yale,  MIT, the Broad institute, as well as at the WHO, WIPO, European Medicines Agency and National Ehics Councils etc. His publications comprise 4 monographs, as well as 150+ articles and book chapters. Timo's research has been featured in i.a. The Economist, The Financial Times & Times Higher Education, and published in leading journals, such as Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics, Nature Electronics, Nature PJ Digital Medicine, The Lancet Digital Health, PLoS-Computational Biology, Biotech. J., Drug Discovery, JLB, BLR, Person.Med., IIC, EIPR, ECLR, JIPLP, GRUR Int., Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop., IPQ, QMJIP, NIR & EUConst.LR. He is also a regular contributor on Harvard Law School's "Bill of Health" blog. 

Main research areas

  • AI & Big Data in the Health & Life Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical-, Life Science- & Biotech Law
  • Comparative European & US Patent Law
  • Intellectual Property Law & Open Innovation
  • EU Competition- & US Antitrust Law

Fields of interest

  • Synthetic Biology & Nanotechnology
  • Law & (Emerging) Technologies
  • EU Law
  • Medical & Health Law
  • E-Health


Past appointments


Research management

  1. Collaborative Research Program in Biomedical Innovation Law (Principal Investigator)
  2. AI@Care: Law and Ethics and Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare (Principal Investigator)
  3. Co-supervisor for a PhD thesis and collaborator in an interdisciplinary research project on "Regulation of Biosimilars" (in co-operation with the Copenhagen Centre for Regulatory Sciences (CORS) and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.


  1. Global genes, local concerns: Legal, ethical and scientific challenges in cross-national biobanking and translational exploitation (Principal Investigator, WP leader & steering committee member).
  2. CoNEXT - Fertilizing the ground and harvesting the full potential of the new neutron and X-ray research infrastructures close to UCPH (coPI, WP leader & steering committee member).
  3. BioSYNergy: Synthetic Biology - towards a Bio-Based Society (coPI, WP leader & steering committee member).
  4. AdManI: Additive Manufacturing and Innovation: Technical, Economic, Legal, and Policy Related Aspects of Rising Technologies (International Research Partner)
  5. User Generated Law: Re-constructing Law in the Knowledge Society (coPI, WP leader)
  6. Co-supervisor for a PhD thesis and collaborator in an interdisciplinary research project on "Counterfeit Medicines" (in co-operation with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences).


Editorial tasks




  • IIC- International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law
  • Science
  • The Lancet
  • Journal of Law and the Biosciences 
  • European Pharmaceutical Law Review
  • QMJIP- Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property
  • PLOS Biology

PhD students

  • Behrang Kianzad - Excessive prices, competition law & compulsory licenses in the pharma sector (supervisor)
  • Hrefna Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, Data Ethics and Patient Perspectives in Digital Medicine (supervisor)
  • Mattias Karlsson Dinnetz, Patenting Personalised Medicine in Europe, In collaboration with Faculty of Law at KU Leuven 


PostDocs related to research projectsUpdate

  • Ana Nordberg (BioSYNergy)
  • Torsten Bjørn Larsen (CoNEXT)
  • Helen Yu (CoNEXT)
  • Jakob Wested (CeBIL)
  • Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci (CeBIL)
  • Audrey Lebret (Data+)

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

Teaching in courses for Professionals and PhD students

Udvalgte publikationer

  1. Udgivet

    Rules and Tools in the Battle against Superbugs - A call for integrated strategies and enhanced international collaboration to promote antimicrobial drug development

    Minssen, Timo & Nordberg, A., 18 maj 2020, Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges. Eccleston-Turner, M. & Brassington, I. (red.). Springer, s. 111-136 26 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

  2. Udgivet

    Mayo’s impact on patent applications related to biotechnology, diagnostics and personalized medicine

    Aboy, M., Crespo, C., Liddell, K., Minssen, Timo & Liddicoat, J., maj 2019, I : Nature Biotechnology. 37, s. 513-518 6 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  3. Udgivet

    The problem with antibiotics

    Darrow, J. & Minssen, Timo, maj 2019, I : The Economist. 431, 9144, s. 20 1 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftLetterForskning

  4. Udgivet

    An Update on Research- & Bolar exemptions in the U.S. and Europe: Unsolved questions and new developments in an increasingly important area of law

    Minssen, Timo & Wested, Jakob, 2019, I : NIR: Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd. 2, s. 168-183 16 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  5. Udgivet

    Ethical and legal issues of ingestible electronic sensors

    Gerke, S., Minssen, Timo, Yu, Helen & Cohen, G., 15 aug. 2019, I : Nature Electronics . 2, 8, s. 329–334 5 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelRådgivningfagfællebedømt

  6. Udgivet

    Global Genes, Local Concerns: Legal, Ethical and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking

    Minssen, Timo, Herrmann, Janne Rothmar & Schovsbo, Jens Hemmingsen, apr. 2019, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 304 s.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogForskning

  7. Udgivet

    Shadow health records meet new data privacy laws

    Price II, W. N., Spector-Bagdady, K., Minssen, Timo & Kaminski, M., 1 feb. 2019, I : Science. 363, 6426, s. 448-450 3 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  8. Udgivet

    An "export-only" exception to pharmaceutical patents in Europe: Should the U.S. follow suit?

    Minssen, Timo, Kesselheim, A. & Darrow, J., 3 jan. 2019, I : Nature Biotechnology. 37, 1, s. 21-22 2 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

Udvalgte aktiviteter

  1. Ethical Licensing for CRISPR: Exploring the Opportunities for Responsible Licensing Mechanisms to Restore Trust

    Van Zimmeren, E. (Oplægsholder), Minssen, Timo (Oplægsholder)
    4 mar. 2019

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  2. CTD Transparency and Commercial Confidentiality according to the CJEU’s Case Law (Basel)

    Minssen, Timo (Inviteret foredragsholder)
    27 feb. 2019

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  3. Scientific, Regulatory & Legal Dimensions of Recent Advances in Gene Editing

    Minssen, Timo (Arrangør)
    4 mar. 2019

    Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typerOrganisation af og deltagelse i konference

  4. The Proposed EU IP Exception for Generics & Biosimilars Exports - A Cure Worse Than the Disease? (at UC Irvine)

    Minssen, Timo (Inviteret foredragsholder)
    8 feb. 2019

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  5. Confessions of a party crasher: Artificial Intelligence and the Law(yer)

    Minssen, Timo (Inviteret foredragsholder)
    31 jan. 2019

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  6. Rättsliga aspekter av AI inom health och life sciences (Legal aspects of AI in the Health & Life Sciences)

    Minssen, Timo (Inviteret foredragsholder)
    28 jan. 2019

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag


  1. King Oscar award for best Jur. Dr. thesis

    Minssen, Timo (Modtager), apr. 2014

    Pris: Priser, stipendier, udnævnelser

  2. Jorcks Fonds Forsknings Pris (Jorck's Foundation Research Prize)

    Minssen, Timo (Modtager), 2017

    Pris: Priser, stipendier, udnævnelser

  3. Awapatent Research Prize

    Minssen, Timo (Modtager), 2009

    Pris: Priser, stipendier, udnævnelser

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