Connie Wan Ph.D. J.D.
Connie Wan is a director for the Invention Development Fund at Intellectual Ventures. With a focus on chemistry and materials, Dr. Wan uses her legal, scientific, and business experience in all aspects of the invention capital investment process from technology assets creation, evaluation and acquisition, portfolio management, technology startup formation, to technology licensing and commercialization.
Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Wan worked as an attorney at the Seattle law firm of Christensen, O’Connor, Johnson, Kindness (COJK), where she managed patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceutics, therapeutic methods, biotechnology, and medical devices, worked on patent validity and infringement analyses and patentability opinions, and advised clients on intellectual property portfolio strategies.
Prior to her legal career with COJK, Dr. Wan worked as a researcher in both academic and industrial labs researching and developing cancer therapeutics. As a co-founder of Washington state-based pharmaceutical start-up, Thermopeutics LLC, Dr. Wan negotiated technology licenses of the “thermogel” patent portfolio, raised venture capital funding, and identified collaboration opportunities with pharmaceutical companies in China. Dr. Wan, also served as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Maria Cantwell at Washington D.C. focusing on legislative matters on technology, education, healthcare and environment such as Hanford nuclear waste cleanup projects.
Dr. Wan is a member of the Washington State Bar Association Legislative Committee, a board member of the Licensing Executive Society Seattle Chapter, and on the advisory board of the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund. She’s been published in numerous scientific journals and is a frequent speaker on topics of law, science, and business.
Dr. Wan earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of medicine from Beijing Medical University, a master’s degree in chemistry and a Ph.D in organic chemistry from Clark University, and is a graduate of the University of Washington, School of Law.