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Ami S. Jaeger, J.D., M.A., is a principal with BioLaw Group, in Santa Fe, NM. BioLaw Group provides legal and policy consulting services, and political strategy advice in genetics and assisted reproductive technologies for individuals, clinics, business, industry associations, governmental agencies, and not-for profit organizations. Jaeger is an advisor to state governments and national groups on emerging issues in reproductive genetics and embryo research. She is a nationally recognized expert in assisted conception, and has broad health policy experience, consultant to the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Congress, and various state legislators. Jaeger was a participating lawyer in a ground-breaking case challenging a state statute that banned IVF as experimentation on embryos. As a result, the law was declared unconstitutional, thus paving the way for physicians to provide IVF to their patients.

Jaeger has also served as the Intellectual Property Counsel to the University of New Mexico. She managed the intellectual property for the University, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. This included negotiating terms in sponsored research awards, directing policy changes regarding faculty disclosures, overseeing patent litigation and copyright disputes, and providing advice on all aspects of intellectual property. She has also been counsel to numerous licensing transactions on behalf of the University. Prior to founding BioLaw Group, she was the Director of Law and Public Policy for the Genetics and Public Issues Program in Santa Fe where she developed information and resources to promote understanding of legal, ethical, and policy implications of human genetic discoveries for the public, stakeholders, and policymakers. Her projects included a national survey of public attitudes toward genetic testing, and a legislative briefing series about genetics for the U.S. Congress. Her work was cited by President Clinton as the basis for change in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission policy regarding employer's use of genetic information.

Jaeger worked in Washington, DC as an advisor to the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment where she prepared a report on patenting human DNA sequences and commercializing the results of genetic research, including consideration of international aspects of human genetics research. She also conducted a meta-analysis of genetic policy implications for the Ethical Legal, and Social Implications Branch (ELSI) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health.

Her policy experience includes international projects. She studied genetic policy development and integration of genetic technology in Sweden, analyzing the Swedish Bioethics Commission as a model for policy development. She has published extensively in the area of law and ethics of reproductive technologies, collaborative reproduction, and genetic privacy. Ami S. Jaeger received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa, and both her M.A. (Latin American Studies) and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has completed course work toward an LL.M. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in bioethics and science policy. She completed the intensive Bioethics Course at Georgetown University. She is a certified mediator, receiving her training at University of New Mexico Law School.

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