Rachel Sachs

Associate Professor of Law


A.B., 2009, Princeton University
MPH, 2013, Harvard School of Public Health
J.D., 2013, Harvard Law School

Curriculum Vitae




Andrea Donze - (314) 935-6422

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-8557
Email: rsachs@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 555

Courses Taught

Innovation in Pharmaceutical Technologies Seminar


Professor Rachel Sachs is a scholar of innovation policy whose work explores the interaction of intellectual property law, food and drug regulation, and health law. Her work explores problems of innovation and access, considering how law helps or hinders these problems. Professor Sachs’ scholarship has or will have appeared in journals that include the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the University of California-Davis Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, and the peer-reviewed Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Sachs was an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. She also clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her A.B. in Bioethics from Princeton University.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • "Divided Infringement and the Doctor-Patient Relationship," IP Theory (forthcoming 2016) [SSRN]

Book Chapters

  • Human Tissue Samples: Balancing Autonomy vs. Justice (with David E. Korn), in SPECIMEN SCIENCE: ETHICS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS (eds. Barbara E. Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, & Suzanne M. Rivera) (under contract, MIT Press)
  • Religious Exemptions to the Individual Mandate: Health Care Sharing Ministries and the Affordable Care Act, in LAW, RELIGION, AND HEALTH IN AMERICA (eds. I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, & Elizabeth Sepper) (under contract, Cambridge University Press)  

Articles & Essays

  • "Innovation-Innovation Tradeoffs in Drug Pricing," 165 Annals of Internal Medicine 871 (2016) (with Austin B. Frakt) [PDF]
  • "Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive," 30 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 153 (2016) [SSRN]
  • "Innovation Law and Policy: Preserving the Future of Personalized Medicine, 49 UC Davis Law Review 1881 (2016) [SSRN]
  • "Ensuring the Safe and Effective FDA Regulation of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation," 2 J. L. & Biosciences 396 (2015) (with Carolyn A. Edelstein) [SSRN]
  • "The New Model of Interest Group Representation in Patent Law," 16 Yale Journal of Law & Technology 344 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "Diagnostic Method Patents and Harms to Follow-On Innovation," 126 Harvard Law Review 1370 (2013) [SSRN]