Andrew W. Torrance
Andrew Torrance joined the Kansas University Law faculty in 2005 and, in 2009, was named a
Docking Faculty Scholar, a university-wide program to honour faculty members who have distinguished
themselves in their early careers. He was also a 2009-10 Fellow in Law, Innovation and Growth
at the Searle Center at Northwestern University Law School. In August of 2010, Torrance was
invited by Google Inc. to give a TechTalk, “The Patent Game: Experiments in the Cathedral of Law,”
now available in its entirety on the YouTube Google TechTalk channel.
He received his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 1997 and is a 2000 graduate of
Harvard Law School. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University in Canada. In 2003,
he was named the Hrdy Visiting Professor of Conservation Biology at Harvard University and taught
Biodiversity: Science, Policy, and Law at Harvard University from 1999 until his arrival at KU.
He practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish and Richardson PC, the world’s largest intellectual
property law firm. He served as inhouse patent counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a global
biotechnology company with headquarters in Boston, and helped start Stirling Medical Innovations,
a cardiac diagnostics biotechnology company based in Scotland. He has presented his research across
the United States, as well as in Canada, and across Europe. Several of his articles have been listed
on SSRN (Social Science Research Network) Top Ten Lists. In the spring of 2009, Torrance was invited
to present his research to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) at Headquarters
Since 2007, Torrance has run Biolaw: Law at the Frontiers of Biology, an annual conference that gathers
leading scholars at KU Law to present their insights on the latest developments in biolaw. His interests
in biology have led to research expeditions in remote areas of the world. He has served as chairman of
the Scientific and Creative Board of the Darwin Project, a major biodiversity institution planned for
downtown Boston, is a member of the board of East Wind Power, and has assisted the BioBricks Foundation (BBF).
Torrance's research interests include intellectual property, patent law, innovation law, biotechnology,
biolaw, food and drug law, biodiversity law, climate change law, and international environmental law.
He teaches classes in intellectual property law, patent law, food and drug law, and biodiversity law.