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Cambria J. Alpha-Cobb, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist, Patent Agent

Boston, MA
617-368-2105
alpha@fr.com
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Background

Cambria J. Alpha-Cobb is a Technology Specialist, Patent Agent in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution in a broad range of technology areas including biotechnology and life sciences. Dr. Alpha-Cobb works with scientists to help protect their ideas, which range from basic science advancements to drug optimization. With the ability to translate scientific ideas and research innovations into real world applications, she is able to play a direct role in the advancement of science while maintaining a strong link to her scientific training. Her technical experience includes working with recombinant nucleic acid and protein products, gene therapies, virology, transgenic animals and cell lines, pharmacogenomic biomarkers, and therapies and diagnostics for autoimmune diseases, mental illnesses and cancers.

Dr. Alpha-Cobb also has previous patent prosecution experience at another firm. Dr. Alpha-Cobb’s graduate work focused on molecular biophysics and biochemistry. She is also fluent in Spanish, conversational in German, and the co-founder of the New Haven Boxing Club as well as a ceramic potter.

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Expected 2020


Ph.D., Yale University 2014
Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry


M.S., Yale University 2010
Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry


B.S., Rice University 2008
Biochemistry & Cell Biology


B.A., Rice University 2008
Hispanic Studies

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2016

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Other Distinctions

PRESENTATIONS

2016
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston
Title: An Introduction to a Career in IP Law: How to stay close to science when you get pulled from the bench

2015
American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Division of Chemistry and the Law, Boston, MA
Title: 2.6 billion dollars per drug: Can you afford not to file for patent protection for your R&D investment?

2013
Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), Denver, CO
Title: Investigating the Role of c-di-GMP in Biofilm Formation Using Chemical Analogues

2011
Yale Climate and Energy Institute Symposium, Yale University
Title: Biodiversity of Fungi in the Forests of Borneo & Volatile Organic Compounds They Produce
Symposium presentation award: Exceptional presentation of scientific work to a broad audience

2010
National Security Science & Engineering Faculty Fellowship Seminar, United States Department of Defense (DoD), Washington, D.C.
Title: Volatile Organic Compound Production by Fungi

Yale Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Departmental Retreat, Woods Hole, MA
Title: Exploitation of Diesel Producing Fungi as a Renewable Source of Fuel

PUBLICATIONS

  • Michelle L. Hutchings, Cambria J. Alpha-Cobb, David A. Hiller, Julien Berro, and Scott A. Strobel (2017) “Mycofumigation Through Production of the Volatile DNA Methylating Agent N-methyl-N-nitrosoisobutyramide by Fungi in the Genus Muscodor.” J. Biol. Chem. doi:10.1074/jbc.M117.779009
  • Anthony D. Sabatelli, Cambria J. Alpha (2015) “Will Purple Become the New Orange? The New FDA Purple Book for Biologics: What does the future hold?” Future Science: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst. Vol. 4, No. 2 In press
  • Cambria J. Alpha, Anthony D. Sabatelli (2015) “$2.6 Billion Per Drug: Is your patent portfolio strong enough to protect your investment?” Patent Docs Guest Post- $2.6 Billion per drug
  • Cambria J. Alpha, Anthony D. Sabatelli (2015) “41 New Drugs Approved in ’14 – A Random Spike or a Growing Trend in Drug Innovation?” Patent Docs Guest Post- 41 New Drugs in ’14
  • Alpha, C.J., Campos, M., Jacobs-Wagner, C., Strobel, S.A., (2014) “Mycofumigation by the volatile organic compound producing fungus Muscodor albus induces bacterial cell death through DNA damage.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1128/AEM.03294-14
  • Alpha, C.J. and Strobel, S.A. Volatile organic compound production by organisms of the genus Muscodor and their antimicrobial affects. Manuscript in preparation
  • Gianoulis, T.A., Griffin, M.A., Spakowicz, D.J., Dunican, B.F., Alpha, C.J., and Strobel, S.A. Genomic analysis of the hydroc

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