Centre for Law and Genetics

Olumayowa Adesanya

PhD Candidate

Phone: +61362262066

Email: Olumayowa.Adesanya@utas.edu.au

About

Olumayowa holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Babcock University (Nigeria) and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London (United Kingdom) where she was awarded Honorary Student Fellow, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute. In 2012, she was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.  

Thereafter, she worked at the Nigerian Copyright Commission as a Prosecution Officer and subsequently as Assistant Editor, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property Law. She was also an Associate at Olajide Oyewole LLP. Prior to joining UTAS, she was the Corporate Legal Advisor for the USAID-funded Local Partners Initiative for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria II project.

Olumayowa commenced her PhD candidature with the Faculty of Law and Centre for Law and Genetics in 2016.


Thesis

Patenting Bioprinting: An ethical dilemma in the provision of accessible health technologies (2016)

Bioprinting is a peculiar innovation given the use of life forms in the production of human parts, which had hitherto existed in nature without any form of human intervention. It is therefore not surprising that its viability has raised concerns bordering on patents, human rights and ethics. These concerns must be addressed in order to protect the investments of researchers and inventors on one hand; and to promote access on the other hand.

The overall objective of this research is to ascertain whether patents are a suitable option for protecting bioprinting – related innovations in the light of ethical concerns, or whether a sui generis system will be more suitable. The suitability of either option will be assessed through a combination of doctrinal and empirical analysis of the extant legal regime in selected jurisdictions (Australia, Europe and USA) given their significant advancements in this field.

It is anticipated that beyond contributing to the debate on the legal protection of bioprinting, this research will provide a useful guideline for the formulation of policies and regulations in the field of bioprinting especially as it relates to patents. This is especially important given the absence of regulations on bioprinting currently.

Research focus areas

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing; Access to Medicine and Medical Technologies; Bio-ethics; Bioprinting; Biotechnology; Human Rights and Patents.


Supervisors


Other Research Interests

Copyright; Corporate Law; Criminal Law; International Trade Law; Privacy and Data Protection; and Trademarks.