Center for Innovation Policy

The Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy brings together legal professionals, technology and business leaders, government officials, and academic experts to identify improvements to federal law and policy that will promote innovation and economic growth. The Center focuses on federal policy affecting information, communications, and intellectual property. The Center is based both in Duke’s Washington location and in Durham.  It has a partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and is also part of the university-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative funded by Duke alumnus David Rubenstein.
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POSTPONED!! New date - March 6th at 1pm.  Law Room 4055.

Laws that Learn: Adaptive Regulation of Pharmaceuticals

Professor Ken Oye (MIT) and Professor Arti Rai (Duke) will discuss the challenges and opportunities in shifting the way the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and its counterparts around the world, regulate pharmaceutical products. Can and should we move from a one-time decision to approve a drug in general, to a sequential process of partial approvals with continued monitoring and learning over time? How can our regulatory systems incorporate continued learning, as new technologies and their impacts emerge? This event is one in the series of "Laws that Learn" speakers. Co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, the Rethinking Regulation program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke. Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. to Amber Diaz Pearson at For additional information, please contact Professor Jonathan Wiener at 919-613-7054.


Wire-concept-3a2.pngFall 2014 Conference

Internet Regulation in 2020

When: October 17, 2014 


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New Approaches and Incentives in Drug DevelopmentInaugural Conference

New Approaches and Incentives in Drug Development

When: November 22, 2013

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Longtime National Academies’ STEP leader Merrill joins Center for Innovation Policy as executive director

Stephen Merrill

Stephen Merrill, the longtime head of the National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP), has joined the Center for Innovation Policy as its first Executive Director.  Merrill will also be a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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