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IP Forum For Life Sciences

December 3–5, 2017 | Island Hotel | Newport Beach, CA

Join like-minded Chief IP Counsel and other senior in-house counsel for inspiration and insight, networking and learning, and proven strategies to improve your business practices.

Faculty Members Include

  • LESLIE ABERMAN (IDRI), Associate General Counsel
  • SCOTT ALBAN (AstraZeneca), Vice President, Global Intellectual Property
  • GWILYM ATTWELL (Fish & Richardson P.C.), Principal
  • MAX BACHRACH (Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Vice President, Intellectual Property
  • KRISHNA BANERJEE (Principia Biopharma), Director, IP
  • BILL BARRETT (GRAIL, Inc.), Director, Legal & Intellectual Property
  • MITCHELL BERNSTEIN (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals), Director, IP Portfolio Development
  • MICHELLE BOODEN (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Senior Director, Technology Transfer
  • JENNIFER BURDMAN (PolarityTE, Inc.), Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Deputy General Counsel
  • DIGGER CHEN (Foresee Pharmaceuticals), Vice President and General Counsel
  • JOSEPH CONTRERA (Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures), Associate Director of IP
  • KRYS CORBETT (ORIC (Overcoming Resistance in Cancer)), General Counsel & Sr Director of Business Development
  • TODD GARCIA (Fish & Richardson P.C.), Principal
  • MICHAEL DEGN (MultiLing), Vice President, Sales
  • JAMES DEZAZZO (Dart NeuroScience), Corporate IP Counsel
  • CORRIN DRAKULICH (Fish & Richardson P.C.), Principal
  • JEREMIAH FRUEAUF (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.), Director
  • ALYSON FULLER (Prolacta Bioscience), Vice President, Intellectual Property
  • GREGORY HAMILTON (Acidophil, LLC), Director, Chemistry & IP
  • MONIQUE HEYNINCK (Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Vice President, Intellectual Property
  • BRIAN HIRSCH (Glenmark Pharmaceuticals), Vice President, Global IP and Legal Head, North America
  • ELIZABETH HOWARD (Arbutus Biopharma, Inc.), Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • TIMOTHY JOYCE (Bayer West Coast Corporation), President and Chief Patent Counsel
  • JOHN LABBE (Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP), Partner
  • ARIC LEDFORD (Fluidigm), Senior Director, Intellectual Property
  • AINSLIE LITTLE (BlueRock Therapeutics), Director of Intellectual Property
  • DREW LOWERY (Global Prior Art, Inc.), Director of Life Sciences
  • THOMAS MALONE (DuPont Industrial Biosciences), Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property
  • ERIC MARANDETT (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP), Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group
  • TOM MCLEAN (Nimbus Therapeutics), Intellectual Property Counsel
  • JILL MELLO, PH.D. (McCarter & English LLP), Partner
  • AHMED MOUSA (Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Vice President, Licensing, IP & Legal Affairs
  • RICHARD NAKASHIMA (Immunomedics, Inc.), Vice President, Intellectual Property
  • DANIEL NEUMAN (Global Prior Art, Inc.), Chemistry & Materials Group Leader
  • DANIELLE PASQUALONE (Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.), Executive Director, Intellectual Property
  • BIJAL PATEL-WEINTRAUB (United Helium, Inc.), Vice President, Operations and Director, IP
  • NEELA PAYKEL (Proteus Digital Health, Inc.), Vice President, Head of Legal Affairs & Compliance
  • MICHAEL PENN (bioMerieux), Chief Patent Counsel
  • DIANE RETALLACK (Pfenex Inc.), Senior Director, Upstream Processing & Intellectual Property
  • LARRY ROZSNYAI (Myovant Sciences, Inc.), Vice President of Intellectual Property
  • MICHELLE SAMONEK (Bayer CropScience LP), Senior Patent Counsel
  • RACHEL SCHWEERS (Novintum Biotechnology GmbH), IP Counsel
  • ELLEN SCORDINO (Cooley LLP), Partner
  • SANJESH SHARMA (Johnson & Johnson Vision), IP Counsel
  • DEBORAH SHELTON (McCarter & English LLP), Food & Drug Law Practice Group Leader
  • CHARLENE STERN (Editas Medicine), Vice President, Legal
  • SUJA SUBRAMANIAM (Roche Diagnostics), Head of Intellectual Property
  • CHRISTOPHER WALSH (Denali Therapeutics Inc.), Senior Director, Intellectual Property Legal
  • JULIA VOM WEGE (Bristol-Myers Squibb), Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property
  • TRAVIS YOUNG (Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Executive Director, Intellectual Property
  • MARIA LACCOTRIPE ZACHARAKIS, PH.D. (McCarter & English LLP), Partner


  • GWILYM ATTWELL (Fish & Richardson P.C.), Principal

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Topics For Discussion

  • Establishing Your IP Strategy As Part Of The Business
  • Busting The Budget Conundrum: Getting The Most Protection You Can Afford
  • Protecting Your Trade Secrets Both Inside & In The Wild
  • Creating & Managing Value With Outside Counsel
  • An Ounce Of Prevention: Planning For Litigation In A World Of Unknowns

Venue: Island Hotel Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660

This award-winning venue is less than 6 miles from John Wayne Airport.

General Sessions

Address top-of-mind issues in a conversational exchange among industry thought leaders, enabling participants to share lessons, expertise, leadership skills, and practical tools.


Engage in advanced dialogue in an informal boardroom-style setting on specific topics that are particularly suited to smaller group discussions.

Networking Meals

Participate in all meals and networking functions hosted on-site by Consero. These intimate gatherings provide countless opportunities to develop lasting business relationships.

Customized Itineraries

Meet with the most innovative service providers in the industry, one-on-one, based on your individual and departmental priorities. Our reputable partners are referred and vetted by your peers.

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Attendees Rave About Consero

  • “Great opportunity to connect with interesting people in an inspiring environment.”
    Marty W. | AM-Pharma
  • “Amazing mix of representation and topics! Loved every bit of the two days.”
    Prashant K. Bhauar | Rhizen Pharmaceuticals
  • “I very much enjoyed the interactive set-up and the insights from key people in the field.”
    Christoph Rehfuess | MagForce AG
  • “A terrific forum to discuss IP matter in an intimate atmosphere.”
    Bernd Hutter | MaphoSys AG

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