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Company: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

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Company: Oyen Wiggs

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Company: Scavia & Scavia

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Company: Medicines Patent Pool

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Job Title: President
Company: Repare Therapeutics

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Job Title: President
Company: Searchlight Pharma

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Job Title: Founder
Company: Yves Veggie Cuisine and Garden Protein International

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Job Title: Incoming LESI President
Company: Ankura

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Company: InterDigital

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Job Title: President and Shareholder
Company: Volpe Koenig

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Company: S’uimin Inc.

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Job Title: President & CEO
Company: ReqMed Company, Ltd

Tadashi Matsumoto founded and has served as President and CEO of ReqMed Company, Ltd. since 1998. he created the first venture capital in Japan focused on start-up companies for bio-science in 2000.  He has now several academic positions to facilitate start-up companies’ growing. At ReqMed, he submitted two NDA focused on rare diseases. Before ReqMed, he contributed to Kyowa Hakko Kogyo (now Kyowa Kirin) at various position related to pharmaceutical drug development

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Company: Porter Wright Morris & Arthur

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Company: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Company: IPMAP LLC

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Demarest Advogados

Partner in the areas of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Technology and Data Privacy and
Cybersecurity at Demarest, Tatiana Campello holds a specialization in Business Law from PUC‐SP and a
Bachelor of Laws degree from Faculdades Integradas Cândido Mendes. Tatiana is recognized in her field
and participates in various institutions, such as: Secretary (2022‐2023) Licensing Executives Society
International (LESI), former Vice President (2018‐2020); having been President of LES Brasil (2014‐2015)
and current member of the association’s board; President of the Privacy Group at Lex Mundi; 2nd. Vice
President of Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) and former Treasury Director (2018‐2021);
President of the Intellectual Property Group at Lex Mundi (2015‐2017); Specialist at the Domain Name
Dispute Resolution Chamber (CASD‐ND) of the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI);
Mediator at the ABPI’s Mediation Chamber, past Co‐coordinator of the ABPI’s Dispute Resolution
Committee (2014‐2017) and, for many years, she was Co‐coordinator of the Technology Transfer and
Franchise Commission of the ABPI; Deputy Coordinator of the ABPI Copyright Commission. Member of
International Trademark Association (INTA) and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Rothwell Figg

Dan Shores is a Partner at Rothwell, Figg, Ernst and Manbeck, P.C. in the firm’s Boston office. He focuses his practice on advising emerging biotechnology, medical device, and other technology-based companies to build robust patent portfolios, license and in-license key IP, navigate complex IP landscapes, forge constructive relationships with strategic partners, and prepare for success in funding rounds and exits. Dan received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

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Company: Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

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Company: David Malm

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Company: BorgWarner

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Company: Frignani Virano e Associati

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP

Frank West has nearly thirty years’ experience as patent litigator with Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP in Alexandria Virginia.  He is also a Certified Licensing Professional and an experienced, detail-oriented adviser who carefully and thoughtfully advises clients regarding corporate transactional matters to achieve each client’s specific business objectives.  While the focus of his practice is on intellectual property transactional work, i.e., due diligence, licensing negotiations/drafting and R&D collaborations, Mr. West also has many years of experience advising clients on non-intellectual property contractual matters as well.   A former small business consultant, Mr. West has a Master’s in Business Administration and completed coursework for an LLM in Securities Law.   Mr. West previously served as the Chair of the Patent Damages Subcommittee of the AIPLA.

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Ohno & Partners

Hideaki Kobayashi is a partner of Ohno & Partners, one of the famous intellectual property boutique law firms in Japan, and has about 15 years of experience of litigation and prosecution in intellectual property.  He specializes in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, and focuses on patent litigations, licensing and consulting regarding patent enforcement in a variety of technologies including mechanical and electrical engineering, telecommunication, information technology and semiconductor technology.  Before joining Ohno & Partners, he engaged in patent prosecution in a patent law firm as a registered patent attorney for seven years.



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Job Title: Patent Litigator
Company: Hoffmann Eitle

Dirk is a patent litigator with more than 20 years of experience as a German attorney at law. He has been co-head of the Patent Litigation and Licencing Department of Hoffmann Eitle since 2011, focusing on strategic advice regarding patent enforcement in Germany and Europe and the conduct of patent litigation in Germany. In the pharmaceutical sector, he has led, and also coordinated throughout Europe, numerous projects and patent infringement disputes against generic companies on behalf of originator companies. His specialist fields also include licensing law and IP-related contract law, as well as international arbitration and mediation.


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Job Title: Senior Advisor
Company: OBLON Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

Dr. Yorikatsu Hohokabe, CLP is a senior advisor in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group as well as the IP Transactions practice group. Before joining Oblon, he worked for nearly four decades for Showa Denko K.K., a large, diversified chemical and production company in Japan. During his career at Showa Denko, he was a Managing Corporate Officer (Senior Chief Technologist), General Manager of the Intellectual Property Department, in charge of IP operations of the company, Chief Manager of new business development, and in charge of research and development management of the entire company.

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Company: GE Licensing

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Company: StoneTurn Group

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Job Title: Partner
Company: CBA

Mattia Dalla Costa is Italian attorney at law admitted to the Italian Bar in 1997 (and also admitted to the German Bar in 2001).

Mattia has a solid 20+ years international practice, with the ability to work in 5 different languages (German, English, French, Spanish and Italian).

He is assisting listed international companies in sectors like design, fashion, luxury, automotive, pharma, aviation and aerospace, both as transactional lawyer and litigator in judicial and arbitral court cases related to intellectual property and IT infringement where different jurisdictions and countries are involved.

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Company: Carpmaels & Ransford

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Job Title: Patent Litigator
Company: Bardehle Pagenberg

Tilman Müller-Stoy is widely recognized as a leading German patent litigator. Co-heading the European patent litigation group of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, he cannot wait to become one of the pioneers at the upcoming European Unified Patent Court. With over 20 years of experience in IP, he has handled several hundreds of patent disputes (including entitlement proceedings) in courts and patent offices, with a focus on high-profile, multinational matters. He frequently takes on a coordinating role, acting as the European lead counsel, so clients benefit from his solid understanding of the laws and procedures of all relevant jurisdictions.


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Company: Lewis Silkin LLP

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Company: Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

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Job Title: Senior IP & Compliance Manager
Company: Mark Anthony Group

Janet Lau is a Senior IP & Compliance manager at Mark Anthony Group.  Janet manages the Intellectual Property protection function for the organization to include domestic and international trademarks, trade names, copyrights, licenses and related IP rights. She also oversees the wine business related to trade practice, advertising compliance, label compliance and international distribution.

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Job Title: Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Company: University of British Columbia

Dr. Rickey Yada, PhD, is dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and a professor at the University of British Columbia. Under his leadership, the Faculty is building a Food Innovation Centre to support the research and development efforts of local food companies.

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Job Title: Publisher
Company: Drawn & Quarterly

Peggy Burns is the publisher of the world renowned graphic novel house, the Montreal-based Drawn & Quarterly Books. D&Q publishes the world’s best cartoonists including Lynda Barry, Adrian Tomine, Kate Beaton, and many more. The company publishes for all english markets, and licenses their work to publishers in over twenty foreign language markets. Previously, Burns oversaw publicity for DC Comics and MAD Magazine.

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Company: GroupOptima

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Job Title: Legal Counsel
Company: Valauskas Corder LLC

Charles Valauskas is legal counsel to business ventures, non-profit organizations, and individuals involved in the development and commercialization of a variety of new technologies, creative products, and services.

Mr. Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics. Mr. Valauskas has authored books, chapters for books, and articles on intellectual property and business-related topics including two handbooks on copyright for the Association of University Technology Managers (“AUTM”), a chapter “The Other Intellectual Property: Thinking Beyond Patents”, published in the American Bar Association’s book, The Technology Transfer Law Handbook, plus an article “Smarter Licensing Simplified” for the ABA IP magazine, Landslide. Other articles authored by Mr. Valauskas were published in other periodicals including the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Newsletter.

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Pamela L. Cox, partner and chair of IP Transactions at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, is talented at
unraveling complex deal structures and devising creative agreement solutions. Starting her career in-
house, Pam focuses her practice on intellectual property transactions, protection, and dispute resolution
for clients ranging from multinational corporations to non-profit institutions. She is a patent attorney
who understands her clients’ intellectual property and agreement needs and remains passionately
engaged until their strategic objectives are achieved. Clients consider her an invaluable member of their

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Job Title: Head of the Information and External Relations
Company: WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Adam Rattray is the Head of the Information and External Relations Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. He works closely with the WIPO Center’s IP Disputes Section to facilitate the provision of efficient ADR services and to provide training on mediation and arbitration for IP and technology-related disputes. Before joining WIPO he worked at the Geneva office of the law firm White & Case as a member of the WTO and international trade law practice.

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Crowell & Moring LLP

Jim Sobieraj a licensed patent attorney with more than 40 years of experience in the procurement, licensing and enforcement of IP rights. Jim has been lead counsel in many litigations involving patent infringement, ownership of patent rights, license disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, defamation, fraud, antitrust, breach of contract and other commercial litigation.  Jim has extensive  experience in mediations and arbitrations.  He also advises clients on negotiating and drafting IP licensing agreements, and on creating and defending IP portfolios and strategies.  Jim is a past president of the, the Licensing Executives Society International.


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Job Title: Executive Director
Company: LESI

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Job Title: Programme Area Manager
Company: EPO

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Job Title: Managing Director
Company: Yusarn Audrey LLC

Audrey Yap is qualified lawyer, patent attorney and managing director of regional law
firm Yusarn Audrey LLC headquartered in Singapore, with offering intellectual property
drafting and filing, and transactional support for integrated intellectual property
portfolio development and commercialisation services, licensing and contract
documentation, legal, dispute resolution, all as part of a suite of intellectual property
solutions, with a focus on intellectual property strategies in Asia.

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Job Title: CEO
Company: Globalator

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Company: Beijing TA Law Firm

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Company: Danubia Legal

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Company: E.M. Hwang & Partners

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Company: Hahn Loeser

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Job Title: Attorney-at-Law
Company: Thum & Partner

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Company: Collins Aerospace

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Job Title: Director and Associate General Counsel
Company: Lockheed Martin Corporation

Ms. Luedke is responsible for providing legal support on a wide array of matters including leadership of corporate intellectual property strategic initiatives; support of Lockheed Martin Government Affairs on legislative and regulatory data rights and intellectual property matters; drafting and negotiation of commercial and government contracts; and conducting due diligence in support of M&A and investment activities. Additionally, she is a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates representing the ABA Intellectual Property Committee, Co-Chair of the ABA Public Contract law Section IP Committee and a member of the ABA Board of Governors’ Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2010, Ms. Luedke litigated patent infringement matters involving diverse technologies and managed worldwide patent portfolios as outside counsel.


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Company: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

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Company: Huawei Technologies

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Company: Qualcomm

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Company: Mercedes-Benz Intellectual Property

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Company: Brandywine Ventures LLC

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Company: Iplytics

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Job Title: Senior Executive Vice President
Company: Sony Group

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Company: Global Venturing

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Company: Strategic Technology Bio Consulting

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Company: Finnegan

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Gowling WLG

Based in Gowling WLG’s Montréal office, George Elvira is a partner and registered patent agent in Canada and the United States.

With over 16 years of experience in the intellectual property (IP) field, George helps innovative organizations in Canada and abroad customize, develop and implement IP management programs and strategies that align with their business and strategic objectives – resulting in tangible and measurable business value for senior management.

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Job Title: Patent Agent / Trademark Agent
Company: Gowling WLG

Jayde Wood is an intellectual property lawyer, patent agent, and trademark agent based in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office. Having a food science degree from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and law degrees from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (the U.S.), Jayde advises clients, especially those in the food and beverage industry, on the strategic creation, development, and commercialization of IP assets on a global scale.

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Company: Azur Strategy

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Company: Tech Tour

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Company: Foresight Valuation Group, LLC

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Company: Ankura Consulting Group

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Company: Slovak University of Technology

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Company: Slovak University of Technology

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Job Title: TTO Manager
Company: Bezmialem Vakif University

Onur Yolay obtained his bachelor of science degree in Biology and later earned his graduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Onur has worked on technology transfer and IPR for 11 years at various universities as a technology transfer professional.

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Company: Brion Raffoul

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Company: Hwang LLC

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Job Title: Patent Attorney / Founder
Company: Near & Wise IP

Seungyeob is a Korean patent attorney. Notably, before launching his own business, NwiseIP (Near & Wise IP Law Office), he worked for three years as a Technology Evaluator at Shinhan Bank that is the largest bank in Korea. When the bank evaluates the credit of SMEs who operate technology business, he has played a role in evaluating the technology of the company and reflecting it as part of the credit rating. He has grown into a convergence expert by carrying out finance as part of his job. With this background, he has specialized in patent valuation, patent portfolio design for startups’ investment attraction and business success.

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Job Title: Founding Partner
Company: CPST Intellectual Property

Santosh has over 30 years of experience in the patent profession. He provides clients with guidance and strategic advice on the protection of intellectual property. He focuses primarily on the preparation and prosecution of patent and industrial design applications. He also advises on infringement and validity issues relating to intellectual property and on IP portfolio management issues.

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Job Title: Partner
Company: Klinkert Partners

Nora Kessler is an experienced IP litigator based in Frankfurt, Germany. Amongst her clients are well-known companies from the pharmaceutical, medical devices, automotive, construction, life sciences, cosmetics and luxury goods industries. She advises and represents clients both in and out of court. She is ranked by IAM Patents and Chambers – most recently as one of IAM Patents Strategy 300 Global Leaders”.

Nora teaches patent law at Frankfurt University in a Pharma MBA program. She started her career in 2004 at Jones Day, where she worked in the IP department headed at that time by Friedrich Klinkert. She was on board when the firm KLINKERT was founded in 2010 and moved to the ranks of partner in 2013.


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Job Title: Vice President and Chief IP Counsel
Company: Hyperloop Technologies, Inc.

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Job Title: Founder
Company: Greenblum & Bernstein PLC

Bruce Bernstein is founding counsel at Greenblum & Bernstein (G&B), having been one of the founders of the firm in 1979. For more than 35 years, Bruce was one of the co-managing partners of the firm. Bruce has travelled to Asia extensively, and has spent about four years in Japan over the course of his career.

Bruce majored in Applied Physics in university, where he was lucky to have a Nobel Prize winner (Dr. Allan Cormack) as his academic advisor and (later) friend. Early in his career, from 1973-78, Bruce attended law school (at Georgetown University) in the evenings and worked as an Examiner at the USPTO, examining in both electrical and mechanical technologies.

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Job Title: President and CEO
Company: adMare BioInnovations

Gordon McCauley is President and Chief Executive Office of adMare BioInnovations, a position he assumed in 2016 after serving on adMare’s Board for four years.

A successful executive, advocate, and investor, he has been at the forefront of Canada’s life-science sector for over two decades, playing leadership roles across several domains.

As an executive, he has a track record of success, supporting and growing private and publicly traded life-science start-ups and emerging enterprises into sustainable businesses.

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Job Title: Special Counsel
Company: GSK

Gillian M. Fenton, Esq., CLP has been a member of LES (USA & Canada) since 1992, and served as the society President in 2020-2021.  She is presently a member of the society Public Policy Committee.

Gillian is also Special Counsel for Innovation and Government Collaborations at GSK Vaccines.  Her practice includes a wide variety of business development transactions, R&D collaborations and nondilutive funding agreements with U.S. Government entities (NIH/NIAID, BARDA and DARPA), all in support of the vaccines pipeline.


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Job Title: President and CEO
Company: IP Gaia

Yasunori Yamaguchi, Ph.D. joined Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. in 1987 as a Research Scientist at the Drug Discovery Laboratory.  In his first 16 years in Research Division, he was mainly involved in the drug discovery research in Immunology Therapeutic Area and led many projects with antibody and cellular therapeutics.  In the meantime, he played the pivotal role in drug discovery research targeting dendritic cells after experienced as a Guest Investigator (1992-1994) of the Laboratory of Professor Ralph Steinman (2011 Novel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine) at the Rockefeller University (New York, NY, USA) and in the development of dendritic cell based cellular therapeutics by the strategic alliance with US bio-venture company.

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Job Title: Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board
Company: Cirque de Soleil

As Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board, Daniel Lamarre is in charge of strengthening existing key
partnerships and driving new growth projects for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. After 20 years
building the organization, he transitioned into his current role on December 1, 2021, adding valuable
expertise, and a strong Quebec presence, to the Board of Directors.

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Job Title: General Counsel
Company: Hydro-Québec

François Ramsay is General Counsel of Hydro-Québec since 2019. He has been practising law for over 35 years and has worked in the energy, media, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Ramsay has been involved in a significant number of strategic matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, various commercial transactions, governance and complex commercial litigation matters, in Canada and the United States.

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Job Title: Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Technology & Innovation
Company: CAE

Marc St-Hilaire is currently Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Technology & Innovation at CAE. He leads the development of CAE’s global technology vision and strategy, and works closely with all divisions to bring the latest advancements to the market.

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Job Title: Conference Co-Chair
Company: PatSnap
Company: LES USA-Canada

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Job Title: Conference Chair
Company: Held IP
Company: LES USA-Canada

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