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Campaign Funding Priorities and Naming Opportunities

Center for Law and Innovation in Biomedicine and Healthcare

With a generous gift of $2.5 million from George M. Fleming, ’71, the University of Texas School of Law created the George McMillan Fleming Center for Law and Innovation in Biomedicine and Healthcare. The Fleming Center will address the broad sweep of human concerns implicated at the junction of law, medicine, ethics, public policy, and the management of healthcare delivery. Faculty will conduct research on the many ways in which law impacts biomedical and healthcare innovation, including patent law and the development of new drugs and therapies; ethical and regulatory constraints on the research process; and ways to remove barriers to access to new therapies. It will also sponsor a fellowship devoted to access to health benefits and service; research and public lectures on the global emergence of constitutional rights to healthcare, and on human rights and health more broadly; and the development of programs addressing childhood obesity and health-related interventions on behalf of impoverished children and their families.

In May of 2009, the Fleming Center hosted a conference entitled, “Law and Innovation: the Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy.” The conference examined how law, science, and ethics affect stem cell science and the pace at which its promise will be realized. Presenters included national experts on religious, legal, scientific, and policy aspects of the embryonic stem cell controversy.

Naming Opportunities

Faculty Chair$1,000,000

Campaign gifts to date:
George McMillan Fleming Centerfor Law and Innovation in Biomedicine and Healthcare
George McMillan Fleming Chair in Health Law
George M. Fleming Justice Corps Fellowship in Health Law

Named endowment levels are based on budget requirements and an annual spending rate of approximately five percent of the value of the fund. Non-endowed (current use) gifts for the funding priorities listed above are welcome at all levels, and will be recognized in an appropriate way.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Tim Kubatsky, Executive Director of Development, at (512) 232-1939, or tkubatzky@law.utexas.edu.