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Justin Sears, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist

New York, NY
212-641-2296
sears@fr.com
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Background

Justin Sears is a Technology Specialist in the New York office. Dr. Sears’ practice focuses on patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology industries. In addition to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, Dr. Sears manages patent portfolios and provides assistance with due diligence, freedom-to-operate, and landscape review. Prior to joining Fish, Dr. Sears was an Intellectual Property Practice Specialist at another law firm, where he assisted in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to small molecule pharmaceuticals, formulations, polymers, and antibodies.

Justin’s scientific experience encompasses synthetic organic chemistry and reaction development, medicinal chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry. During his doctorate training at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, he studied the mechanism of a biomimetic Fe(III)-promoted coupling reaction employed in the synthesis of clinically-relevant chemotherapeutic agents, including vinblastine and vincristine. He also designed and synthesized several key vinblastine analogues for biological evaluation. He has coauthored his work in several peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Education

Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute 2015
Organic and Medicinal Chemistry


B.S., Haverford College 2010
Chemistry
Minor in Mathematics
High Honors

Other Distinctions

Phi Beta Kappa Inductee, Haverford College, 2010

Lyman Beecher Hall Prize in Chemistry, Haverford College, 2010
Awarded to a graduating senior for outstanding accomplishment in major coursework and research

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award, 2009

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar, 2008–2009

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