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Dr. Maggie Eaton on Bioethics in Biotechnology


February 26, 2009 12:45pm - 2:00pm


Margaret Eaton is a Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) and a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business. She joined SCBE after a career as a medical attorney in the Office of General Counsel at Stanford University, representing the Stanford University Hospital and Medical School. During that time, she also served on the animal and human subjects committees and the hospital ethics committees. Her previous legal positions included pharmaceutical products liability litigation and clerking for a biotechnology company. Dr. Eaton also has undergraduate and graduate degrees in pharmacy and clinical pharmacy. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy, she served as an educator and practitioner and conducted research in clinical pharmaceutics.

While a Fellow in the Program for Genomics, Ethics, and Society, Eaton devoted the majority of her time to the study of the ethical issues presented when pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies research, develop, and market biomedical and genomics products. She has published a text book on this subject entitled Ethics and the Business of Bioscience and is working on two other books, one (in conjunction with the Lasker Foundation) about the ethical issues involved in the deployment of innovative medical technologies and the other (with colleagues) which is a compilation of cases and an analysis of on how bioscience companies incorporate ethics into business practice. Among the courses Dr. Eaton teaches at Stanford University are medical law, biotechnology business ethics, and medical ethics. She remains a member of the Ethics Committee of the Stanford University Hospital and participates in the clinical ethics consult service.

Dr. Eaton is also Adjunct Professor and founding member of the Bioscience Business Ethics Center, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont Colleges.

Consultant Member, Council on Ethical Affairs Committee, California Medical Association.