“ Helping Life Sciences companies safeguard their most valuable assets, particularly in the pharmaceutical and small-molecule space, is extremely rewarding and at the heart of my practice.
Shannon is head of the firm’s Chemistry Patent Practice Sub-Group. She counsels start-up, mid-size, and large companies in the life sciences, agricultural, and materials science industries, with a particular technical emphasis on small-molecule pharmaceuticals, polymers, formulations, and agricultural products.
Drawing on over 15 years of experience in the patent field and a deep understanding of her clients’ technologies and business models, Shannon works closely with her clients to develop and manage patent portfolios that align with the company’s business needs and projections. She assists early-stage clients with securing foundational intellectual property and strategic positioning for investment or partnering opportunities. She also has extensive experience with strategies to protect late-stage and approved products, including Patent Term Extension due to U.S. FDA regulatory review.
Shannon also facilitates business transactions and in-licensing opportunities through investor-side and defensive due diligence. She has been a member of the firm’s Venture Intellectual Property Group since its inception and conducts due diligence evaluations for investors evaluating life sciences companies in areas such as oncology, neurodegeneration, and cardiology.
Shannon is co-editor of our Mofo Life Sciences Blog.
She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her doctoral research concentrated on synthetic organic methodology and the use of lithium aminoborohydrides in novel hydride and amine transfer reactions. Shannon has published several first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at numerous conferences, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society and the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress. She received her B.A. in biochemistry from Occidental College, where she conducted undergraduate research investigating psoralen-DNA intercalation.