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0FacultyContreras, JorgeAssociate ProfessorBiomedical Science, Intellectual Property, Property
0FacultyFrancis, LeslieDistinguished ProfessorBioethics, Biomedical Science, Disability Law, Ethics, Privacy
0FacultyBrown, TeneilleProfessorBioethics, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Torts

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Contreras’ commentary in Science garners media coverage

Several media outlets covered new research published in Science by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras, which proposes universities holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   Contreras, along with […]

New research explores impact of broadening CRISPR patents

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   “Because the potential for […]

Contreras publishes commentary related to Obama stance on patient ownership of genetic data

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge L. Contreras this week published a commentary piece in Nature Biotechnology on President Barack Obama’s position on patient ownership of genetic data. The piece is a short take on Contreras’ comprehensive article “Genetic Property,” which will be appearing in Georgetown Law Journal later this year.  

Utah Board of Regents grants permanent approval to Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences

The state Board of Regents today granted permanent approval of the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The move positions the center at the University of Utah to offer permanent resources and academic support on issues tied to improving the law as it relates to the rapidly evolving […]

Patent Trolls and the “Presumption of Validity”

By Dave Duncan for BiolawToday.org. Should the “presumption of validity” regarding issued patents be reversed? A patent application goes through an extensive examination process at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). If and when the applied-for patent is issued, it is presumed to be valid in subsequent legal challenges unless it can be […]

Reflections on Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap – Part 2

By 2L Kendra Brown for BioLawToday.org. As a summer project, medical students Spencer Merrick and John Sanchez created a film, Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap, in order to put faces to the people in Utah who are suffering due to the lack of the State’s willingness to accept the Medicaid expansion.[1] Though […]

Reflections on Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap – Part 1

By Kylie Orme for BioLawToday.org.  This month, the Alliance for a Better Utah and the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences premiered the new film Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The film addresses many important issues regarding Medicaid that impact Utahns right […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 1: Meaningful Use NPRM

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 1 of a three-part series. Read Part 2 | Read Part 3 The NPRM on Meaningful Use (MU) stage 3 is out and comments are due shortly (May 29), https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/30/2015-06685/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-electronic-health-record-incentive-program-stage-3#h-14.  MU-3 is the final stage of the program and although it contains some very real progress it continues the […]

Does HIPAA preempt state law claims related to privacy of individually identifiable health information?

By Cullen Archer for BiolawToday.org.   Introduction The Supremacy Clause provides that the Constitution, and Laws and Treaties made pursuant to it, “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”[1] Accordingly, if there is a conflict between federal law and state law, the latter is preempted. The difficulty is determining whether state or local law should […]

The Donation Ban on Gay Blood

By Travis Walker for the BiolawToday.org blog. Last December the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to modify regulations for gay blood donors. Under the current rule, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 (MSM)[1] are barred for life from contributing blood in any form.[2] The new proposal would allow MSM […]