Patricia Stepp, Ph.D.

Director of Intellectual Property

                Patricia joined Skysong Innovations in July of 2018 and serves as the Director of Intellectual Property for the Life Sciences team.  Her role involves working closely with ASU faculty and staff and Skysong Innovations’ business development team with facilitating invention disclosures, evaluating technology, monitoring patent preparation and prosecution, and managing IP. 

She is a registered patent agent with experience in patent preparation and prosecution and portfolio management in a wide range of areas including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemical technology, polymeric food packaging, and polymeric medical packaging.  Prior to joining the Skysong Innovations team, she worked as a patent agent at Sealed Air Corporation and Pepper Hamilton, LLP.  Her research experience includes research at the University of Pittsburgh focusing on stem cells and biomarkers in orthopedics and at InDevR, a biotechnology start up from the University of Colorado – Boulder.

                Patricia has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.  She completed a post-doctoral position at the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Czech Academy of Sciences focusing on viral transformation, transfection, and recombinant protein expression. Additionally, she has 11 technical publications in the areas of magnetizable drug delivery, medical devices, flow cytometry, and medical imaging.