Expert committees for Ethical Issues
Our Ethics Advisory Panel for Science and Technology
Looking more closely, asking questions and thinking ahead!
Ethics provides us with guidelines for how we make rapid progress in sciences and how we can use the technologies developed from this in a perfectly responsible and ethical manner. We want to create the best possible benefit for society, people and animals. It is therefore important for us to develop positions on ethical approaches, with a special focus on bioethics. In order to reliably incorporate the external view into our actions, we founded our Ethics Advisory Panel for Science and Technology (MEAP, formerly known as MBAP) in 2011. This expresses clear recommendations for bioethical issues, which serve as a guideline for our behavior and our entrepreneurial actions. An overview of our positions:
- When using human stem cells and genome-editing methods, ethical action is always our top priority.
- Technologies such as “CRISPR gene scissors” have the potential to change our society for the better, but also have clear limits in their application.
- With the aid of CRISPR, serious diseases could be treated and therapies could be developed more quickly.
Together with the MEAP experts, we have thus formulated bioethical principles for genome editing and stem cell as well as fertility research, which are binding for all our employees and partners.
Members of our Ethics Advisory Panel
Designed to provide guidance around evolving digital business models, the Digital Ethics Advisory Panel addresses digital ethics questions for all three business sectors of our company. The panel plays a pivotal role in ensuring that we develop new digital technologies responsibly and addresses potential ethical questions arising from the usage of these technologies. The advisors on the panel are renowned academic and industry experts in the fields of digital ethics, legal and regulatory, big data technology, digital health, medicine and data governance from the US and Europe.
The expert panel is advising our company on the development of a Code of Digital Ethics, which will service as the fundamental guideline for digital ethical questions.