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. This involves a plethora of legal & ethical issues emerging during the lifecycle of biotechnological and medical products and processes -  from the regulation of research and incentives for innovation to technology transfer and commercialization. Timo is also presenting frequently on a variety of pressing topics at international IP symposia, major law firms, the Universities of Oxford & Cambridge, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Stanford Law School, Yale,  MIT, the Broad institute, as well as at the European Medicines Agency and National Ehics Councils etc.. He has published 2 books, as well as 100+ articles and book chapters in leading journals, such as Science, Nature Biotech, Nature Electronics, 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. Prior to founding CeBIL, Timo headed CIIR's  Copenhagen Biotech & Pharma Forum (CBPF).

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

Editorial tasks


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

Research management

  1. Collaborative Research Program in Biomedical Innovation Law (Principal Investigator)
  2. 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).

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)
  • Ivan Hadaya - IPRs in IoT & Health Tech (appointed supervisor)
  • Louise Christine Druedahl - Regulation of Biosimilars (co-supervisor at KU Health)


PostDocs related to research projects


Teaching in courses for Professionals and PhD -students

Selected publications

  1. Published


    Minssen, T., Valentin, A. & Hajrizaj, P., 26 Jun 2019, 1 ed. Global Legal Insights (GLI). 12 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportCommissionedpeer-review

  2. Accepted/In press

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

    Minssen, T. & Nordberg, A., 1 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges (2019). Eccleston-Turner, M. (ed.). Springer, 21 p.

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

  3. Published

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Letter to the Editor reg. "The Antibiotic Industry Is Broken (May 2, 2019)"

    Darrow, J. & Minssen, T., May 2019, In : The Economist.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

  5. 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, T. & Wested, J., 2019, In : NIR: Nordiskt Immateriellt Rättsskydd. 2, p. 168-183 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. E-pub ahead of print

    Ethical and legal issues of ingestible electronic sensors

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommissionedpeer-review

  7. Published
  8. Published

    Shadow health records meet new data privacy laws

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

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

    Minssen, T., 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

    Esther Van Zimmeren (Other), Timo Minssen (Other)
    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)

    Timo Minssen (Invited speaker)
    27 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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

    Timo Minssen (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)

    Timo Minssen (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)

    Timo Minssen (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)

    Timo Minssen (Invited speaker)
    28 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution


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

    Timo Minssen (Recipient), Apr 2014

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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

    Timo Minssen (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  3. Awapatent Research Prize

    Timo Minssen (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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