The Genetics – and IP – Guru
Sitting Down With… Reggie Gaudino, President, Director of R&D, and Director of Intellectual Property, Steep Hill Labs, Berkeley, California, USA.
Reggie Gaudino |
Genetic researcher and “the patent guy”... What triggered your move into the cannabis industry?
Back in 2014, I was a patent agent at Sequenom, which had begun to divest itself of the patent portfolio that I had helped them prosecute and build. I felt that it was a big mistake – especially as key pieces of intellectual property (IP) were being lost. I thought, “This company is not long for this world!” – and I left. As it turns out, Sequenom was subsequently bought out by LabCorp, and their stock plummeted – so I guess I was vindicated on that score!
Crucially, at around the same time, I was contacted by Steep Hill to do an IP review of their science – to see if they had anything patentable. The connection actually arose out of a good friendship between the then CEO, David Lampach, and my cousin; they grew up together. They were talking about IP… “Oh! My cousin’s a patent guy!” And that’s how it all started.
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