I’ve been deeply involved in the life sciences sector for about 30 years. I’m fascinated by the science of it, and enjoy helping entrepreneurial clients — both small and large — succeed in translating research results into beneficial health care and research products.
I’ve also had the pleasure of practicing as an attorney since 1982, including the honor of clerking for Judge Giles S. Rich, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who was the longest serving active U.S. judge and a major contributor to our patent law.
My clients primarily have been in the life sciences sector. They range from multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to privately held biotech companies to major academic institutions and not-for-profit biomedical research institutes, in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia.
And I am the founder of a separate, non-law business, Practical Innovation Strategy, that helps clients deal with challenges in managing innovation and in developing cost-effective patent strategies to integrate science and business goals and maximize the value of their patent asset portfolios. Sometimes this involves creating policies and procedures, for example, to share research materials, as well as refining an organization’s particular vision and mission for success.
My legal career started with patents and technology transactions. I’ve served a wide variety of clients as a senior partner at two international law firms, Morgan Lewis and Morrison & Foerster as well as in my current practice. My professional experience includes work in the fields of therapeutics, medical diagnostics, genomics, proteomics, and personalized medicine. And I developed a broader legal and business skill set as the general counsel of the Venter Institute for Genomic Research and Correlogic Systems. I served as a corporate officer as well as counsel at both of those enterprises. Also, I was the founding director of the NIH Office of Technology Transfer during its early implementation of the Federal Technology Transfer Act. I have supported and done business development, and I have consulted on IP strategies for the pipeline products of a major pharmaceutical company.
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