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Sorenson Center for Medical Innovation



Opening in spring of 2026, the James LeVoy Sorenson Center for Medical Innovation will be a nationally-leading facility for ground-breaking medical device innovation. 

With advanced prototyping and assembly workshops, educational and collaborative learning spaces, and a first-of-its-kind Discovery Operating Suite for clinician and industry cross-training and development, the Sorenson Center for Medical Innovation (SCMI) stands as a testament to the University of Utah's legacy to medical device innovation.  

Hosted on four levels totaling nearly 60,000 square feet of space, the Sorenson Center for Medical Innovation will include:

  • Advanced Prototyping & Assembly Labs, dedicated to creating and refining groundbreaking medical devices.
  • Vibrant Collaboration Spaces, fostering cross-campus interdisciplinary cooperation, fueling the drive for transformative innovation and discovery.
  • A state-of-the-art clinical surgery Discovery Suite, enabling physicians, faculty, and staff to evaluate and refine new medical technologies and procedures in a hands-on, accessible, real-world environment. 
  • Start-up Incubator Spaces, expressly designed to nurture university spinouts and student start-ups. These high-potential start-ups will drive technology licensing opportunities for the university and economic growth for the state.
Beginning construction in May 2024, the James LeVoy Sorenson Center for Medical Innovation will provide University of Utah students, faculty, clinicians and medical device industry partners a dedicated facility for discovery and development of next generation health care technologies.
SCMI - atrium rendering
SCMI - discovery suite rendering
SCMI - flex lab rendering
SCMI - collab space
SCMI - collab space
SCMI - collab space
SCMI - collab space

About James LeVoy Sorenson

A prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, James LeVoy Sorenson serves as the namesake for the new Center for Medical Innovation facility. 

With over 50 patents issued in his name, James LeVoy Sorenson transformed the standard of care for many. Among his inventions include the disposable sterile face cover, the single-use intravenous catheter, the first real-time computerized heart-monitoring systems and an automated intravenous-drug pump. 

Today the Sorenson Legacy Foundation continues the work of James LeVoy Sorenson. Click here to learn more about the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.

James and Beverley Taylor Sorenson
James LeVoy Sorenson and his wife, Beverley Taylor Sorenson