Timo Minssen

Timo Minssen

Director of centre, 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 has been an advisor to the WHO, the EU Commission, various research organizations and national governments. He is presenting frequently on a variety of pressing topics 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, European Medicines Agency and National Ehics Councils etc. His research publications comprise 4 monographs, as well as 130+ articles and book chapters. It 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 area

  • 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 & Big Data


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, 1 PhD student)
  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, 1 PostDoc)
  3. BioSYNergy: Synthetic Biology - towards a Bio-Based Society (coPI, WP leader & steering committee member, 1 PhD student and post Doc)
  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)
  • Louise Christine Druedahl - Regulation of Biosimilars (co-supervisor at KU Health)
  • Mattias Karlsson Dinnetz, Patenting Personalised Medicine in Europe, In collaboration with Faculty of Law at KU Leuven 


PostDocs related to past and ongoing research projects

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


Teaching in courses for Professionals and PhD -students

Selected publications

  1. Published

    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 May 2020, Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges (2020). Eccleston-Turner, M. & Brassington, I. (eds.). Springer, p. 111-136 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

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

    Aboy, M., Crespo, C., Liddell, K., Minssen, Timo & Liddicoat, J., May 2019, In : Nature Biotechnology. 37, p. 513-518 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The problem with antibiotics

    Darrow, J. & Minssen, Timo, May 2019, In : The Economist. 431, 9144, p. 20 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearch

  4. Published

    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, In : NIR: Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd. 2, p. 168-183 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Ethical and legal issues of ingestible electronic sensors

    Gerke, S., Minssen, Timo, Yu, Helen & Cohen, G., 15 Aug 2019, In : Nature Electronics . 2, 8, p. 329–334 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommissionedpeer-review

  6. Published

    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 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

  7. Published

    Shadow health records meet new data privacy laws

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

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

    Minssen, Timo, Kesselheim, A. & Darrow, J., 3 Jan 2019, In : Nature Biotechnology. 37, 1, p. 21-22 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

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

    Van Zimmeren, E. (Speaker), Minssen, Timo (Speaker)
    4 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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

    Minssen, Timo (Invited speaker)
    27 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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

    Minssen, Timo (Organizer)
    4 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

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

    Minssen, Timo (Invited speaker)
    8 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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

    Minssen, Timo (Invited speaker)
    31 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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

    Minssen, Timo (Invited speaker)
    28 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution


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

    Minssen, Timo (Recipient), Apr 2014

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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

    Minssen, Timo (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  3. Awapatent Research Prize

    Minssen, Timo (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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