Amgen Ventures and Business Development Team

Amgen Ventures and Business Development Team

11-01-2017 1:30 pm - 11-01-2017 3:00 pm

To apply for Office Hours, please contact Linda Eng.

Janis Naeve, Ph.D. joined Amgen in 2005 and is the Managing Director of Amgen Ventures, guiding the fund’s investment in biotechnology companies focused on discovering and developing human therapeutics. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Naeve was director of Corporate Development at X-Ceptor Therapeutics, acquired by Exelixis. Prior to this, she served as director of Business Development at Aurora Biosciences, leading transactions for the ion channel technology business unit and managing collaborations with Pfizer, Merck, Lilly and Bristol Myers-Squibb. Dr. Naeve holds a Ph.D. in Pathology from University of Southern California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.
Alex Turner, Ph.D. joined Amgen in 2012 and is a Licensing Director, leading search and evaluation of product opportunities for Amgen’s Neuroscience, Nephrology, and Bone Health therapeutic areas. Prior to Amgen, Dr. Turner was Senior Director of Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, leading out-licensing outreach across the company’s pipeline and in-licensing search and evaluation of technologies to accelerate drug discovery. Dr. Turner holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Becky Pferdehirt, Ph.D. joined Amgen in 2016 and is a Senior Manager of Business Development, focusing on licensing of external technology platforms to support Amgen’s R&D. Prior to joining Business Development, Becky was a scientist in Discovery Research at Amgen, focusing on technology development for gene and cell therapies. Dr. Pferdehirt holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from U.C. Berkeley and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Genentech.

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    To apply for Office Hours contact: Carol Ochoa

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    Ali Alemozafar
    Dr. Ali R. Alemozafar is a senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, and IP due diligence in a wide range of technical fields, including diagnostics, therapeutics, genomics, and materials.

    Ali received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford University, where he investigated the reactivity and atomic-scale changes accompanying reactions on various catalysts. During his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, he investigated the dynamics of TiOx nanoparticles and the use of gold as an oxidation catalyst. Prior to attending law school, Ali worked on data warehousing, business intelligence, and enterprise data integration.

    Ali frequently lectures at the UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law on various intellectual property topics, including patent strategy and IP due diligence.

    Michael Hostetler
    Dr. Mike Hostetler is a partner in the SOMA and San Diego offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he provides strategic intellectual property counseling to more than 100 growth enterprises in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and information technology industries. He works with both venture-backed and public companies. His expertise includes patent strategy, patent prosecution, and patent diligence (both buy and sell side) for venture financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He has provided patent counseling in support of pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and information technology products in all stages of development, from proof of concept to regulatory approval to product launch. He leads a talented team of patent associates and patent agents that can meet virtually any technical and strategic need.

    Mike currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy and Nominating Committees.

    Elton Satusky
    Elton Satusky is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He specializes in public and private corporate finance and corporate law and governance. Elton also has considerable expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.

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  • Office Hours with WSGR Patent and Corporate Law

    09:00-11:00
    03/01/2018
    To apply for Office Hours contact: Carol Ochoa Sponsored by:
    Ali Alemozafar Dr. Ali R. Alemozafar is a senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, and IP due diligence in a wide range of technical fields, including diagnostics, therapeutics, genomics, and materials. Ali received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford University, where he investigated the reactivity and atomic-scale changes accompanying reactions on various catalysts. During his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, he investigated the dynamics of TiOx nanoparticles and the use of gold as an oxidation catalyst. Prior to attending law school, Ali worked on data warehousing, business intelligence, and enterprise data integration. Ali frequently lectures at the UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law on various intellectual property topics, including patent strategy and IP due diligence. Michael Hostetler Dr. Mike Hostetler is a partner in the SOMA and San Diego offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he provides strategic intellectual property counseling to more than 100 growth enterprises in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and information technology industries. He works with both venture-backed and public companies. His expertise includes patent strategy, patent prosecution, and patent diligence (both buy and sell side) for venture financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He has provided patent counseling in support of pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and information technology products in all stages of development, from proof of concept to regulatory approval to product launch. He leads a talented team of patent associates and patent agents that can meet virtually any technical and strategic need. Mike currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy and Nominating Committees. Elton Satusky Elton Satusky is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He specializes in public and private corporate finance and corporate law and governance. Elton also has considerable expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.

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