This is the home-page for
a programme of academic research , directed by Dr. Chris MacDonald at
Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Canada). The focus of this project
is the investigation of ethical
issues in biotechnology through the lenses of business
ethics and professional ethics.
In fall of 2004, I was awarded a 3-year Ethics Operating
Grant by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to support
my project entitled "Biotech
Ethics: Corporate Decisions as Key to Better Health and Better
Health Policy". This work was
previously funded by a New Faculty Grant from Saint Mary's University,
and by a Capacity Building Grant from the Nova
Scotia Health Research Foundation.
To date, most ethical reflection on biotech issues has
come from those trained in bioethics. That's important work, because
much of biotech is aimed at health care applications. But biotech also
poses interesting ethical challenges for biotech corporations and
professional challenges for biotech researchers. This project aims to
focus on those challenges.
- "Resolving Social Conflicts over BioEngineered Foods." Ryerson University, October 16, 2008
- "From Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing to Pricing the New Biologics: Corporate Ethics in the World of Biotechnology," Duke University, September 3, 2008
- "Biotech Companies and NGO's: Ethical Considerations," University of Montreal, July 17, 2008
- Public Panel
Discussion: "Health, the Humanities, and the Public Good."
(April 14, 2005, Halifax.)
- Public Panel Discussion:
Profits: Business Ethics for the Life Sciences"
(May 6, 2004, Halifax)
- "Roundtable on Ethical
Challenges for Life Science Corporations"
(An invitation-only workshop, bringing
together academic, government, and industry perspectives) (May 7, Halifax)
Work Published / Presented:
"The Precautionary Principle and the Ethics of Coroporate Decision-Making"
"Corporate Decisions about Labeling Genetically Modified Foods," Journal of Business Ethics, 74:4, 2007 [see the abstract here] [outline of the argument here]
"Corporate Social Responsibility and
Pharmaceutical Pricing," poster presentation, CSPS 8th Annual
Symposium on Pharmaceutical Sciences (Chris MacDonald and Trevor
"Corporate Decisions and the Dual
Democratic Deficit of GM Food Labelling," poster presentation,
GE3LS Symposium, March 2005 (Toronto, ON) (Chris
MacDonald & Melissa Whellams)
"Corporate Decisions and the Dual Democratic Deficit of GM Food
Labelling," paper presentation,
Canadian Society for the Study
of Practical Ethics, June 2005 (Chris MacDonald & Melissa Whellams)
"Corporate Ethics and GM Food Labeling", 6Degrees.ca Newsletter,
Jan. 2005 (Melissa Whellams & Chris MacDonald)
"Bioscience corporations must do better at corporate ethics,"
(Guest Editorial) BioScience News & Advocate, April 8, 2004.
"Understanding The Role of
Stakeholders in Corporate Biotechnology," poster presentation,
GE3LS Symposium 2004 (Vancouver, BC).
"Business Ethics 101
for the Biotech Industry," Biodrugs, 2004. 18:2. 71-77.
Benefit-Sharing as a Challenge for Corporate Ethics," in Bartha
Maria Knoppers, ed. Populations and Genetics: Legal and
Socio-Ethical Perspectives. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2003.
"Ethics in Biotechnology -- An Executive Guide" (Chris
MacDonald & Rahul K. Dhanda) (126k, PDF format)
and Biotech-Ethics," presented at
the Canadian Bioethics Society's 14th Annual Conference (October
Genetics: Susceptibility Testing in the Workplace" (with B.
Williams-Jones, Cambridge University) Journal of Business
Ethics. 35:3 (February 2002) 235-241.
[abstract & bibliography] [more about this
in the Biotech Sector" (presented to the Canadian
Democracy and Corporate Accountability Commission, Halifax,
NS, April 17, 2001)
of Genetic Services: the Role of Genetic Counselors,” Human
Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 8:1 (2002) 1-3.
Cells: A Pluripotent Challenge,"
(40 kb PDF file) (as appearing in BioScan 13:4,
Fall 2001. BioScan is the newsletter of the Toronto
“Stem Cell Ethics
and the Forgotten Corporate Context,” American
Journal of Bioethics 2:1 (2002).
About Chris MacDonald...
My Biotech Ethics Blog
Genetics & Ethics: Genethics.ca
Biotechnology: Ethics and the
The Nova Scotia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Association
Ethical, Legal, and Social
of Human Genetics Research (ELSI)
Biotech Industry Links
Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in Biotech
Stakeholder Concept in Biotechnology,"
by Chris MacDonald
Chris MacDonald's Business Ethics Blog
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