Center Celebrates Launch Party
On March 7, 2016, the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences celebrated its launch party for being recognized as a permanent entity by the Utah State Board of Regents. In an evening filled with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails, Center Director, Leslie Francis noted of the event that “It was enormously gratifying to see so many people from the University, the legal community, and the medical community join with us to celebrate our new status.” Thank you to all for your support!
Precision Medicine II Symposium
The S.J. Quinney College of Law, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah Health Sciences teamed up in December 2015 to present their first successful symposium on Precision Medicine. This year the event, “Frontiers in Precision Medicine II: Cancer, Big Data, and the Public,” was on December 1 and 2, 2016 at the College of Law. The keynote speaker was Dr. Christopher Austin, Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS).
Law and Biomedicine Colloquium
The Center will host its 3rd annual Law and Biomedicine Colloquium spring semester 2017. The Colloquium will feature guest speakers presenting topics on health policy, life sciences, biotechnology, bioethics, and medical/technological arts. Speakers in the 2016 Colloquium included Jane Bambauer, Ken Chahine, Robert Cook-Deegan, Jennifer Danielson, Doug Hammer, Erika Lietzen, Michael Saks, and L. Rex Sears. The Colloquium will be held the first eight weeks of the semester on Wednesdays beginning January 11, 2017 from 3:05-5:05 pm. No registration required. Free and open to the public. CLE will be offered.
IP Moot Court and Bench-to-Bedside Competitions
Our students and faculty look forward to the annual events held during spring semester, including the Intellectual Property Moot Court competition and the Center of Medical Innovation’s Bench-to-Bedside Competition. During the 2015-16 academic year, our students enjoyed great success with these events. We congratulate Michael Eixenberger and David Jaffa for placing first in the 2015-16 Western Region Intellectual Property Moot Court competition along with their coach Professor Amelia Rinehart. At the Bench-to-Bedside Competition Night in April 2016, Biolaw Fellow Dave Duncan participated by working with six different teams of inventors to preserve their Intellectual Property rights. Impressed by the variety of medical innovations presented, he notes: “One device used a vacuum to reform the post-birth uterus and reduce blood loss. Another used 3D imaging from CAT scans or MRIs to create a custom stent based on the patient’s actual anatomy. Yet another automated a surgical light so that it could be aimed without touching it—increasing convenience and reducing miscommunication and eliminating a potential infection vector.” Upon graduation, Duncan will practice law as a patent attorney.