Christopher E. Jeffers, PhD

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  • Georgetown University (JD)
  • University of Houston (PhD, Biochemistry and Biophysics)
  • Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi (BS, Biology)
  • Community College of the Air Force (ABP, Clinical Laboratory Sciences)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Chris represents clients in the life sciences industries in formulating and executing business strategies leveraging technology. His industry experience in technical, business and legal roles, together with his law firm experience in intellectual property and corporate matters, makes him uniquely qualified to provide high quality, business focused service to his clients. He is able to understand a client’s business goals and work seamlessly with business and legal teams to achieve those goals. Chris specializes in complex technology transactions.  In addition, he and his team regularly perform technical and legal due diligence in support of venture capital investments and mergers and acquisitions. His fundraising experience includes venture capital, private equity, and debt investments. 

Chris is the former General Counsel of Alba Therapeutics, and currently serves the role of outside General Counsel or outside Chief Patent Counsel to a number of small and mid-sized diagnostic, pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies. In this role, Chris and his team manage many large intellectual property portfolios and have designed and executed life cycle and IP monetization plans, including large international commercialization and IP licensing programs. Chris and his team are experienced in the management and representation of companies in patent litigation (including ANDA litigation) and litigation involving alleged breaches of license, employment, and confidentiality agreements. 

In addition, Chris was also the former Vice President and General Counsel of Alba Therapeutics, and further served for one year as the interim Vice President of Drug Discovery Operations.  Chris is the founder and former managing member of FirstStage Bioventures, LLC, and was co-founder of Seguro Surgical and EncephRx Pharmaceuticals.

Chris earned a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Houston. During graduate school, he was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) pre-doctoral fellow in biophysics at Rice University and an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to graduate school, Chris worked as a board-certified medical technologist for medical laboratories in military and civilian hospitals. 

Chris is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches courses on entrepreneurism, medical device development and intellectual property.

Recognitions & Awards

  • IAM Patent 1000 World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2016)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society.
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association