BioIndustry Ethics


  • David Finegold, Strategy & Organization Studies, Keck Graduate Institute for the Applied Life Sciences
  • Cecile Bensimon, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
  • Abdallah Daar, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
  • Margaret Eaton, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics
  • Beatrice Godard, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal
  • Bartha Knoppers, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal
  • Jocelyn Mackie, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
  • Peter Singer, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

This book is the first systematic, detailed treatment of the approaches to ethical issues taken by biotech and pharmaceutical companies. The application of genetic/genomic technologies raises a whole spectrum of ethical questions affecting global health that must be addressed. Topics covered in this comprehensive survey include considerations for bioprospecting in transgenics, genomics, drug discovery, and nutrigenomics, as well as how to improve stakeholder relations, design ethical clinical trials, avoid conflicts of interest, and establish ethics advisory boards. The expert authors represent multiple disciplines including law, medicine, bioinformatics, pharmaceutics, business, and ethics.
View full description


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses focusing on biotechnology in business, law medicine, biology and public health; Managers and employees in biotech and pharmaceutical companies as well as venture capitalists and financial analysts


Book information

  • Published: June 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-369370-9


"Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are often driven by profit goals, but the case studies in Bioindustry Ethics show that this is increasingly not at the expense of ethical integrity. ...lend[s] important insights to other executives and professionals who might be developing their own practices and policies." - GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS (August 2005)

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionLeadershipStarting RightEthics in an Emerging FieldGetting AdviceSelf-AssessmentEndnotes