June 28, 2005

Biotech Lawyer Mercedes K. Meyer Joins Drinker Biddle's Intellectual Property Group

PHILADELPHIA, PA  (June 28, 2005) – The law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP welcomes Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D. as a partner in its Intellectual Property Practice Group.  Dr. Meyer joins Drinker Biddle from Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, LLP, now Buchanan Ingersoll PC, where she was a partner in the firm’s Biotech and Interference practices.  She will practice from Drinker Biddle’s Washington, D.C. office.

Dr. Meyer’s practice is focused primarily on patent prosecution and patent portfolio development and strategy.  She is experienced in drafting and prosecuting U.S. utility and provisional patent applications, as well as foreign patent prosecution; biotechnology related bioethics issues, such as tissue banking and stem cells; patent term extensions related to FDA approval; the European practice of Supplemental Protection Certificates for drugs; and institutional review boards of universities.  She has experience in a wide range of life sciences and biotechnology-related areas concerning medicine and biopharmaceuticals, including antibodies, proteins, viral vectors, genomics, vaccines, stem cell research, gene therapy, drug screening and identification, protein and tissue arrays, and cancer therapeutics.  Dr. Meyer has research experience in the area of retroviruses, including HIV-1, virology, molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology and protein chemistry.

“Mercedes’ focus on the biotechnology industry, particularly in the medical and pharmaceutical areas, will enhance the strength and quality of the work we do in these fields,” said Gregory J. Lavorgna, head of Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “We are fortunate to have now added a third highly skilled and experienced biotechnology patent partner in the space of a few months.”

“I am extremely pleased to join Drinker Biddle’s intellectual property practice,” said Dr. Meyer. “I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues, particularly with the firm’s rapidly growing group of biotechnology lawyers and other IP professionals.”

Dr. Meyer earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.  She holds a Ph.D. in virology from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

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