Partners: Edinethics Ltd (Edinethics)
Edinethics Ltd is an independent consultancy in the ethical and societal assessment of current and future technologies. It was set up in May 2007 to take forward the work hitherto carried out by Dr Donald Bruce, as former Director of the Society, Religion and Technology Project (SRT) of the Church of Scotland from 1992-2007. Edinethics continues SRT's proven methodology of involvement with scientists and technologists in dialogue with specialists in ethics and social sciences which gained it an international reputation for technologically informed and intellectually balanced assessments of major issues, notably in GM food, cloning and stem cells, risk and precaution, and in nanobiotechnologies.
In ESNATS, Edinethics will perform an ethical evaluation of the use of human ES cells for in vitro testing and share expertise on ethical aspects of stem cell based alternative toxicity testing.
Key staff involved in the project
Donald Bruce, BSc, PhD (Chemistry, Leicester), DipTheol (Oxon), PhD (Theology, Edinburgh)
Position: Managing Director, Edinethics Ltd., since 2007Scientist and ethicist; Originally trained in chemistry and worked in research and safety and risk assessment in nuclear energy and radioactive waste 1976-91, including as a risk assessor for UK Health and Safety Executive. He then trained in theology and has worked since 1992 in ethical and social issues in technology, from 1992-2007 as Director of the Society, Religion and Technology Project of the Church of Scotland, and then set up the ethics consultancy company Edinethics Ltd.
Dr Bruce has examined embryonic stem cell ethical issues since 1998. His measured and informed view has played a significant role in discussions with the European Commission, the EC European Group on Ethics and the European Parliament as well as in the emerging UK regulatory context. He is a member of the bioethics working group of the Conference of European Churches. He has been a member of various advisory committees including the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, the societal and public issues panels of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences (BBSRC) and of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils (EPSRC), the advisory group of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority consultation on animal-human hybrid embryos.
He led the pioneering study in the 1990s into the ethical issues of GM and cloned animals and GM crops, Engineering Genesis. He also external ethical advisor to the animal experiments committees of the Scottish Agricultural College and PPL Therapeutics (animal cloning experiments).
Dr Bruce also works extensively on nanotechnology ethical issues as a member of the ethical legal and social aspects board of the Nano2Life FP6 European Network of Excellence and a partner in the FP6 NanoBio-Raise science and society project on ethics in nanobiotechnology, and is a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Nanotechnology.
Expertise in ethics and technology, bioethics, ethical and societal issues of stem cells, cloning, genetic modification, animal experiments, nanotechnology, human enhancement, risk and precaution, and biotechnology patenting.
Further information: www.edinethics.co.uk
11/6 Dundonald Street
Edinburgh EH3 6RZ
Tel: 08456 444937