Bhaven Sampat, PhD, is an economist by training, centrally interested in issues at the intersection of health policy and innovation policy. His current projects examine the political economy of the National Institutes of Health, the effects of patents on access to medicines in India, the interactions between patent laws and FDA regulation in the pharmaceutical industry, the determinants of patent quality in the U.S. patent system, and challenges to evidence--based medicine in contexts of rapid technological change. Dr.Sampat has also written extensively on the effects of university patenting and "entrepreneurship" on academic medicine, and is actively involved in policy debates related to these issues. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Sampat was an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, where he won the "Faculty Member of the Year" teaching award for academic years 2001-2 and 2002-3. From 2003-2005 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan.