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IP Life Sciences Executive Roundtable

The Ritz Carlton, Boston, MA

March 28, 2023


Intangible assets are the crown jewels of the world’s most valuable life sciences companies.

Today’s IP executives face seemingly limitless opportunities to leverage intangible assets, with a commensurate volume of threats. As a result, they must be as informed, nimble, and forward-thinking as any corporate leaders, for the success of their companies and the improvement of life across the globe.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Crafting And Implementing Your IP Game Plan
  • Freedom-to-Operate Opinions: Key Considerations by In-house Counsel
  • The Growing Importance of Trade Secrets in Life Sciences
  • IP’s Role in Promoting Innovation through Collaboration with R&D

Advisory Board:

  • Bryan Boyle Vice President, Legal Alkahest
  • Scott Brown (Expro Group), Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
  • Colin Heitzmann (Sumitovant Biopharma, Inc.), Vice President and Head of Intellectual Property
  • Sanjesh Sharma (Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision), Assistant General Counsel, Patents
  • Bruce Wu Vice President, Intellectual Property Nutcracker Therapeutics, Inc.


  • Brenda Jarrell (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP), Chair, Life Sciences Group
  • Alex Menchaca (McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.), Attorney
  • Amin Torabkhani (CounselLink)

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Critical Voices, Exceptional Dialogue

Hear from and interact with some of the most influential voices in this space.

CO-CHAIR Brenda Jarrell

Chair, Life Sciences Group

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

CO-CHAIR Alex Menchaca


McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Madhavi Adivi

Senior Client Engagement Manager

LexisNexis CounselLink

Cristin Berkey

Senior Director, Intellectual Property & Contracts

Abata Therapeutics

Karen Brown

Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property & Legal Affairs

Prime Medicine, Inc.

Jennifer Burdman

Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Chief Counsel, Technology & Therapeutics and Deputy General Counsel

Valo Health, Inc.

Elbert Chiang

Vice President and Head of Intellectual Property

Beam Therapeutics

Julie Anne Gillespie

Vice President, Intellectual Property

BioNTech US, Inc

Emily Gardel

Patent Attorney

Dyno Therapeutics

Lisa Geller

Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property

Frequency Therapeutics

Troy Groetken


McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Kevin McGough

Managing Counsel, Infectious Diseases

BioNTech SE

Kevin Ni

Director, Intellectual Property

Fusion Pharmaceuticals

Atsuko Polzin

Senior Vice President and Head Intellectual Property

Scholar Rock, Inc.

Laurence Shumway

Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel

Flagship Pioneering

Christopher Singer, Ph.D.


McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Srividya Subramanian

Senior Director, Legal & IP

Ikena Oncology, Inc.

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