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Biotechnology Consultant: Molecular Biology, Gene Expression, Expert Witness, Patents and Licensing

Technical Consultant #1546


Expertise

  • Molecular target identification and validation.
  • ELISA and cell-based assays.
  • Small molecule and biologics.
  • Cell culture, gene transfer and expression.
  • Virology, oncology, autoimmune disease drug discovery.
  • Business planning, opportunity scouting and analysis, strategy formulation.
  • Evaluation in-licensing pharma and biophamaceutical opportunities.
  • Patent drafting and expert witness on matters related to cellular and molecular biology.

Experience

Undisclosed University, Business Development Manager, 2015 - Present

  • IP management, business development and licensing of University assets.
  • Focus on biomedical inventions.

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Sr. Licensing and Bus Dev Associate, 2009 - 2015

  • IP management, business development and licensing of University assets.
  • Focus on biomedical inventions.

Independent Consultant, 2008 - Present

  • Technical consultant for patent law firm achieving in-depth novelty and FTO analysis for biotech clients as well as time-critical drafting of new patent applications.
  • Identification of companies with clinical programs in specific field of interest as prelude to targeted business development activities.

Keel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Director of Research, 2005 - 2008

  • Directed start-up biopharmaceutical company's research efforts resulting in identification and characterization of lead monoclonal antibody for autoimmune disease treatment.
  • Established laboratory operations and used focused, coordinated activities among lab staff, collaborators, consultants, advisors and vendors to achieve goals on time.

Biosynthecore, LLC, Vice President Business Development, 2003 - 2005

  • Key leadership position for biotech startup specializing in allergy test and biocatalytic based manufacturing.
  • Co-founder with focused role on market analysis and technology license scouting and acquisition.

Pharmacia (Pfizer), Science Fellow and Senior Research Advisor, 2000 - 2003

  • Managed research budgets and staff for the pharmaceutical research and development division.
  • Recognized as scientific leader. Collaborated with licensing department to identify new research and commercial opportunities in oncology.
  • Evaluated over 200 in-licensing opportunities and identified new opportunities that complemented existing programs that helped focus oncology strategy.
  • Streamlined and standardized scouting efforts to achieve more harmonious information regarding new in-licensing opportunities resulting easier analysis.
  • Identified new oncology target from transcription profiling effort and advanced toward final validation in support of new monoclonal antibody project initiative.

Monsanto - G.D. Searle, 1984 - 2000

  • Science Fellow, group leader and project leader for international collaboration with a Japanese pharmaceutical company.
  • Drug discovery experience in oncology and antiviral drug development.
  • Identified and implemented new collaboration in cancer vaccine and established partner resulting in novel approach to stimulate the immune system.
  • Invented new approach to cytomegalovirus (CMV) antiviral screening resulting in 300% increase in throughput.
  • Invented new mammalian expression system distributed around the world that enables over one hundred discovery projects with minimal personnel involvement.

Honors & Publications


Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Instructor, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri-Columbia

Publications and Patents

  • Over 20 peer reviewed publications, two review articles.
  • 2 patent families issued (mammalian expression system, herpes vaccine).

Education

  • Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology, St. Louis University
  • MBA Business Administration, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • B.S. Biology, Creighton University
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