Jasper Bovenberg


Jasper A. Bovenberg (JD, LLM, Ph.D) is a practicing lawyer, admitted to the Bars of The Netherlands and New York; he counsels on all aspects of medicine’s perennial pursuit of cure, care and prevention.  

After twelve years in general and corporate finance practice with major law firms in the US and the Netherlands, handling bankruptcies, mergers, initial public offerings (AFC Ajax N.V.) and pharmaceutical litigation, he took a sabbatical to write his PhD on ownership of DNA. To combine his interest in science and his sense of justice, he has specialised in life sciences law.  

In addition to representing patient organizations, tissue banks, academic medical centres, and industry, in and out of court, Bovenberg acts/acted as legal counsel for the OECD, the Human Genome Organisation (“HUGO”) and Sage BioNetworks (USA) and served on the IRBs of the Dutch Cancer Institute and the Netherlands Pathology Archives.  

He currently serves as legal counsel to Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) Netherlands and as Co-Director of the BBMRI European Research Infrastructure (ERIC) Common Services for Ethical, Social and Legal issues and is an active member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.  

He is the founder of the Legal Pathways Institute for Health and Bio-Law, which is a partner in a number of EU tissue and biobanking projects (BBMRI EU, Tiss.EU, BioSHaRE, BBMRI LPC, EU CelLex) and the creator of a number of ‘hands on’ legal apps. He is the author of Property Rights in Blood, Genes & Data: Naturally Yours? and has published in Nature Biotechnology, Science and the British Medical Journal.