Humana Leaves the Utah Healthcare Marketplace

By Kendra Brown for In the wake of Cigna and United Health Care exiting the national healthcare market, on August 24, 2016, Humana announced that it would leave the individual marketplace in Utah.[1] Now, Utah residents and employers have only three insurance companies to choose from: SelectHealth, Molina, and University of Utah Health Plan. […]

Leviathan in the Commons – Biomedical Data and the State

By Professor Jorge Contreras for As “big data” analytical techniques become increasingly prominent in biomedical research, attention is being drawn to the generation and character of large biomedical data repositories. In a chapter that is forthcoming in Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Katherine Strandburg, Brett Frischmann & Michael Madison, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2017, in […]

David Duncan on being a LABS Student Fellow

By David Duncan for In my second year of law school (2L), I was a Biolaw Fellow for the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Center for Law and Biosciences (LABS). In my fellowship assignment, I worked for the Center for Medical Innovation’s Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) program where I assisted six teams of inventors in the […]

Brown comments on release of presidential candidates’ health records

In the September 14, 2016 issue of the Deseret News, S.J. Quinny College of Law Professor Tensile Brown discussed the history of presidential candidates releasing their health information in a story titled, “Poll: Utahns want to know more about presidential candidates’ health.” “There’s really a rich history of presidents not disclosing everything about their health. […]

Alumnus Enquist elected Treasurer of the Health Law Section of the Utah Bar

Alumnus Jeffrey Enquist was recently elected to serve as Treasurer of the Health Law Section of the Utah Bar.  Jeff graduated from the College of Law is 2013 where he served as a BioLaw fellow during his second and third years.  While in school, Jeff also served as the student director of the Pro-Bono Medical-Legal […]

Kendra Brown on being a LABS Student Fellow

By Kendra Brown for For the 2015-2016 academic year I had the incredible opportunity to work as a Biolaw Fellow for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences. My fellowship worked in conjunction with my position as the Student Director of the Medical-Legal Clinic through S.J. Quinney’s Pro Bono Initiative. The Medical-Legal Clinic provides […]

Anikka Hoidal on being a LABS Student Fellow

By Anikka Hoidal for Being a fellow is the most rewarding experience of my law school career. This year I had the opportunity to work on a number of research projects under the guidance of Dr. Francis and Professor Brown. Among my favorite experiences this year was joining Dr. Francis and Professor Brown at the […]

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.  

Francis leads Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association

University of Utah professor Leslie Francis made history this year as the first academic from the state in 75 years to receive what many consider to be the highest academic honor in the field of philosophy. Francis was elected president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association. Selection as one of the APA’s […]

Spotlight: Bench to Bedside Competition Night

By Austen Paulsen for This year, the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) hosted the 6th annual Bench to Bedside competition on Monday, April 4th.  As patent law fellows for the CMI, Thomas Woodland, Dave Duncan and I worked with many of the competitors, explaining the process of obtaining patent protection on […]