Overview

Ryan is a nationally-recognized lawyer for healthcare innovation.

Ryan helps his clients develop and launch innovative business models designed to improve healthcare quality, accessibility, and affordability. He serves as outside general counsel for digital health companies, healthcare providers, and life science companies that are transforming healthcare through innovation and cutting-edge science and technology. He regularly advises investors, senior executives, and corporate boards on the strategic threats and opportunities arising from emerging technologies and new laws and regulations, especially those affecting the healthcare industry.

Ryan has considerable experience advising clients on a variety of regulatory and corporate matters and in structuring and negotiating healthcare transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing agreements, and financings.

Ryan frequently writes and lectures about issues emerging from the intersection of law, science, and technology. He has contributed many pro bono hours to charitable organizations focused on protecting the environment and advancing the frontiers of science, technology, and medicine. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ScienceDebate, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Advisory Council of The Planetary Society, which was founded by Carl Sagan. Ryan previously studied European healthcare innovation as German Marshall Fund Memorial Fellow.

Ryan co-chairs the firm’s Life Sciences Group.

Services

Experience

  • Structuring and negotiating acquisitions, financings, equity offerings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, technology development and intellectual property licensing arrangements;
  • Advising clients on a wide variety of regulatory and compliance matters (telemedicine and digital health rules and regulations, the Affordable Care Act, Stark law, FDA rules, state and federal privacy and security laws, state licensure laws, fraud and abuse prohibitions, corporate practice of medicine, etc.);
  • Leading legal strategy for clients’ national expansion efforts, including state compliance, policy-making, and government relations activities;
  • Advising companies and inventors in connection with the development, licensing, and commercialization of intellectual property; and
  • Representing boards of directors and independent committees on various corporate governance matters, including fiduciary duties and conflict-of-interest policies.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 1999, magna cum laude
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1996, Political Science/Philosophy, summa cum laude
  • Oxford University, Mansfield College

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Clerkships

  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Frank J. Magill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1999-2000

Recognition

  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • German Marshall Fund Fellow—focus on health care innovation, October 2012
  • Advocate Award, Cancer Legal Line, 2013
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics
  • NASA Grant for Science Education and Innovation, 2011
  • Amigos de Latino Economic Development Center Award, 2004
  • Order of the Coif

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • University of St. Thomas, MBA in Medical Group Management, Adjunct Professor, Healthcare Policy and Legal Environment of Healthcare Management, 2005-present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Life Sciences Practice Group, Executive Committee
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Fellow, 2011-present
  • University of Minnesota Joint Degree Program in Law, Health and the Life Sciences, Advisory Board
  • Life Science Alley, Alley Institute, Advisory Board, 2014
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Adjunct Professor, Health Care Transactions, 2006-2010
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Health Law and Business Law Sections, Health Law Section Governing Council
  • Strafford Publications, Health Law Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association, Health Law and Business Law Sections
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, Visiting Instructor, Biomedical Research, Ethics and Law
  • Minnesota Cup, Biosciences Division, Lead Sponsor and Judge, 2011-2015
  • Minnesota Law Review, Articles Editor

Community

  • healthcare.mn, Board Member and Counsel
  • Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence, Board Member and Counsel
  • The Planetary Society, Advisory Council
  • Northstar Science Film Festival, Founder and Chairman
  • sciencedebate.org, Board Member and Counsel
  • BHALDI, Founder and Officer
  • Minnesota Marshall Fellow Alumni Planning Committee
  • Friends of The Works, Co-Founder and Past Member
  • Young Scientist Roundtable, Committee Member
  • Science Museum of Minnesota, Past Member of Presidential Advisory Board and Young Professionals Committee

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Publications & Presentations

Health Law Basics: Part Two, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, November 9, 2022

AI and Big Data, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, February 9, 2022

Co-Presenter, Health Law 101: Key Legal Issues for Health Care Startups and Investors, Twin Cities Startup Week, September 22, 2021

PE, or not PE, that is the Question, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, September 15, 2021

Co-Presenter, Unleashing Innovation: Representing Digital Health Start-Ups and Innovators, American Health Law Association Webinar, September 8, 2021

Co-Presenter, Masterclass in Digital Health Technologies and Emerging Legal Issues, American Health Law Association Annual Meeting 2021, June 29, 2021

The ABCs (and XYZs) of ASCs, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, June 9, 2021

Co-Presenter, Structuring Telemedicine Agreements for Healthcare Organizations, Physician Groups, and Practitioners, Strafford CLE Webinar, April 7, 2021

Selling Your Practice: Strategies for Success, Fredrikson & Byron Webinar, February 17, 2021

Co-Author with Ty Kayam, Microsoft, “Leveraging the FDA’s Digital Health Policies for COVID-19 Solutions,” American Health Law Association Bulletin, December 8, 2020

Co-Presenter, Interoperability and Information Blocking Final Rules, American Health Law Association Online Webinar, November 17, 2020

Panelist, The Current State & Future of Telemedicine, Medical Industry Leadership Institute Webinar, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, November 10, 2020

Quoted in “The Legal Ramifications of Rapidly Scaling Telehealth (Q&A),” by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News, September 2020

Telehealth and Virtual Care in the Time of COVID-19: Current Status and Questions about the Future, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, September 16, 2020

Co-Presenter, New Data Blocking and Interoperability Rules: Implications for Healthcare Providers, Payers, Vendors, Strafford CLE Webinar, May 7, 2020

Interoperability and Information Blocking: What Providers Need to Know about the New CMS Final Rule, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, April 15, 2020

Fredrikson & Byron’s Health Law FAQs on COVID-19What We Know as of March 20, 2020, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, March 20, 2020

Structuring Innovative Hospital/Physician Joint Ventures and Other Arrangements, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, January 15, 2020

Panelist, Healthcare 2020: Emerging Business Models, Fredrikson & Byron and Deloitte Program, December 4, 2019

Telemedicine Heading Into 2020: Updates on Legal, Reimbursement and Compliance Issues, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, November 20, 2019

Technology and the End of Democracy?, Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, May 2019

Digital Health: Emerging Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues, Strafford Webinar, January 23, 2019

Digital Health: Emerging Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, January 16, 2019

Panelist, Artificial Intelligence: Threats and Opportunities, Common Good Breakfast Series, November 29, 2018

Quoted in “Navigating State Patient Data Privacy Laws Will Only Get More Challenging,” MedCity News, November 13, 2018

Moderator, Fact vs. FictionThe Use of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care, Executive Conference on Future of Health Care, November 2, 2018

Moderator, Disruptive Innovation Through A.I.On Demand Health Plans, Executive Conference on Future of Health Care, November 2, 2018

Panelist, Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Myths and Realities, Treehouse Health Breakfast Seminar, June 19, 2018

Co-Presenter, Digital Therapeutics: The Third Phase of Medicine?, Fredrikson & Byron and TreeHouse Health Webinar, April 26, 2018

Co-Presenter, Top Legal Issues for Healthcare Investors and Business Development Teams, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, April 11, 2018

Innovating in a Regulated Environment: Grow Your Practice and Stay Out of Jail!, Wisconsin Medical Group Management Association, March 15, 2018

Moderator, Future of Health Care Conference, University of St. Thomas, November 2010-2017

Healthcare, Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Emerging Issues for Healthcare Counsel, Strafford Webinar, October 11, 2017

Preparing Your Practice for Sale, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, January 18, 2017

Digital, Mobile and Virtual Medicine: Legal Challenges, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, May 11, 2016

Complying with Telemedicine Requirements, Lorman Webinar Series, February 25, 2016

Structuring and Negotiating a Health Care Transaction: Key Business and Regulatory Considerations, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, January 13, 2016

U.S. Health Care Regulatory and Health Care Innovation Policy, University of Saint Thomas Mini-MBA, July 17, 2015

Health Care Financing: Practical Tips and Considerations, Minnesota Cup Semi-Finalist Panel Discussion, July 15, 2015

U.S. Health Care Laws and Regulations: Innovating and Managing in a Regulated Environment, University of Saint Thomas Mini-MBA, July 14, 2015

Health Care Regulatory Update, CliftonLarsonAllen Nonprofit and Health Conference, May 4, 2015

US Health Care PolicyDC Seminar, University of Saint Thomas, April 26-28, 2015

U.S. Health Care Laws and Regulations: Innovating and Managing in a Regulated Environment, University of Saint Thomas Mini-MBA, April 21, 2015

U.S. Health Care Regulatory and Health Care Innovation Policy, University of Saint Thomas Mini-MBA, April 20, 2015

Digital Health: Key Legal and Regulatory Considerations, MobCon Digital Health Conference, April 8, 2015

Telemedicine: Legal Considerations and Government Oversight, National Business Institute CLE, March 25, 2015

U.S. Health Care Laws and Regulations: Innovating and Managing in a Regulated Environment, University of Saint Thomas Mini-MBA, November 4, 2014

Digital Health: Legal and Regulatory Issues Overview, healthcare.mn, September 3, 2014

Strategic Consolidation: A Case Study, MMGMA Summer Conference, July 18, 2014

Health Care Financing: Practical Tips and Considerations, Minnesota Cup Semi-Finalist Panel Discussion, July 10, 201

Telemedicine and Telehealth, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, July 9, 2014

Health Care Regulatory Update, CliftonLarsonAllen Nonprofit and Health Conference, May 12, 2014

Physician/Hospital Joint Venture: Key Considerations, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, April 9, 2014

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