Prickly Research is the consultancy and professional website of Edward Hammond, a researcher and writer specializing in policy issues related to biodiversity, agriculture, infectious disease, laboratory biosafety, and intellectual property. His clients have included the World Health Organization, Third World Network, Greenpeace International, the African Centre for Biosafety, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The name relates to the fact that the consultancy's work is often a thorn in the side of its research subjects, typically multinational corporations, universities, and government agencies. Edward Hammond's bold public interest research has been profiled in Science magazine, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He has authored articles for the British Medical Journal, New Scientist, and Biosecurity & Bioterrorism. He is experienced with federal and state open records law in the United States.
Prickly Research is based in Austin, Texas and is available for work under contract. In some circumstances, it can be engaged through a 501(c)3 (tax-deductible) organization, offering potential tax benefits for US clients.
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