David Koepsell, JD, PhD, is an author, philosopher, attorney and educator whose recent research focuses on ethics, public policy, emerging science & technology. David is also the founder and CEO of EncrypGen, a software company that created a blockchain-based marketplace for people to buy and sell genomic data for money. His book "Who Owns You?" is available now via Amazon. Details on David and EncrypGen: https://www.elc.team/post/building-on-blockchain-pt-10-ft-david-koepsell --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Ep. 10: Genetics Marketplace Ethics - Dr. David Koepsell (CEO Encrypgen)
Health Unchained Podcast
In this episode, we talk about genomic data ownership and privacy ethics with David Koepsell, lawyer, author, and philosopher.http://davidkoepsell.com/Check out the Encrypgen Market Demo - https://marketdemo.encrypgen.info/Show Notes• Introduction of David’s background• Brief journey into blockchain • Patenting genes and ownership of personal data• Origins of Encrypgen - value proposition to upload individual genetic information securely on a research marketplace• Multichain, used by Encypgen, is built specifically for permissioned blockchain and satisfies the requirements of GDPR• Importance of Individual Metadata to make Genetic information valuable• Search capability of the genetic data and metadata• Value of genotyping and sequencing• The cost of sequencing one human genome has gone down from over $100M in 2001 to under $1000 today. • Challenging ICO Offering experience • How will Encypgen generate revenue?• Genomic Data Markeplace • How will the value and price of a person’s genetic change over time?• 23andme surveys and the collection of phenotypic data• Research Impact of the study of Epigenetics • Data Validation and accuracy • We will need multiple generations of genetic data to bring us tons of new insights about humans and health.• Genes are not your destiny• Ethical considerations• Breaking Bad and Philosophy - the book• Community building and importance of community support• David’s Upcoming event dates and locations- (https://www.healthfurther.com/ Nashvile, TN Aug 28-29), (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-exponential-healthcare-conference-tickets-47599097181 Newport, CA Oct 10)GINA Act - https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/gina.cfmNews Corner - A subsidiary of Pornhub called Tube8 has entered into a partnership with Vice Industry Token. https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/08/17/pornhub-tube8-blockchain-cryptocurrency/
David Koepsell earned his PhD in philosophy as well as his law degree from the University at Buffalo, where he studied with Barry Smith. He has authored numerous articles as well as authored and edited several books, including Searle on the Institutions of Social Reality, The Ontology of Cyberspace: Law, Philosophy, and the Future of Intellectual Property. He has lectured worldwide on issues ranging from civil rights, philosophy, science, ontology, intellectual property theory, society, and religion. Koepsell has practiced law, worked for Bowstreet, Inc. as an ontologist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and taught at the University at Buffalo. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy at TU Delft in September 2008. Koepsell and I spend quite some time discussing his controversial views on patenting and copyright, which naturally leads us into the foundations of ethics and law. Despite Koepsell's largely analytic style, we also touch upon phenomenology and the value of continental philosophy. Since Koepsell was executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, we also dicuss the culture wars in the US before concluding with the relation between popular culture and philosophy.
David Koepsell is an author, philosopher, and attorney whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He is Assistant Professor, Philosophy Section, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management at the Technology University of Delft, in The Netherlands, andSenior Fellow, 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, The Netherlands. He is also the author of The Ontology of Cyberspace: Philosophy, Law, and the Future of Intellectual Property, as well as numerous scholarly articles on law, philosophy, science, and ethics.In this interview with D.J. Grothe, David Koepsell discusses the implications of corporations patenting parts of the human genome, and how current patent practices negatively impact basic scientific research in genetics. He reviews the history of the practice of patenting genes and contrasts private ownership of gene sequences found in nature with that of the public ownership of the work of the Human Genome Project. He contrasts discovery with invention, and argues that patents should apply only to the latter. He details the relationship of human genes being patented with the practices of big agribusiness owning engineered crops, such as Monsanto's "terminator corn." He discusses the ACLU's recent lawsuit against Myriad Genetics on behalf of scientists and cancer patients, and how it may lead to one of the most important legal battles in the history of biotechnology. He talks about "upstream" and "downstream" patents, and how this impacts genetic research. And he discusses various solutions currently proposed for the problems resulting from private ownership of naturally occurring gene sequences.
David Koepsell is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, North America's leading organization for nonreligious people. An author, philosopher and an attorney, David's work focuses mostly on the nexus of science, technology, ethics and public policy.In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, David explores the relationship between secular humanism and religion, whether secular humanism is just a religion for the nonreligious, the "tenets" of secular humanism, and addresses many challenges to the worldview both from Christian activists and from those in the "atheist movement." He also justifies it as a viable naturalistic life-stance, competitive with supernatural ways of looking at the world.