The Chemistry Graduate Student Organization will be hosting our annual Beyond the PhD Career Symposium where we will have diverse speakers come in to speak about their career journey beyond their graduate studies.

This year we have the honor to host Theresa Wen who is a graduate from the chemistry PhD program.

Theresa A. Wen is the founding director of WenTek Global, LLC a full-service firm that allows her to practice and provide technical expertise to IP law firms. She represents a new emerging field of high technology complex intellectual property consultants, as a cross-discipline translator in convergent sciences, the legal environment, and the alliance of business and marketing strategies. In 2016, Dr. Wen was the recipient of USC Distinguished Alumnus Award (Chemistry). Dr. Wen earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from USC (’90), working with Professor Charles McKenna, and late Professors Robert Bau and Nobel Laureate George Olah to synthesize & characterize molecular structures of organic and inorganic compounds by crystallography. Dr. Wen then moved back to UCLA for a postdoc with Jack Stevens at the School of Medicine where she received a French Foundation Fellowship for Alzheimer’s Research and a Cancer Research Coordinating Committee Fellowship. Her postdoctoral work focused on designing and constructing nonpathogenic Herpes Simplex viral vectors capable of expressing foreign products. In 1994, she switched fields to intellectual property law, serving first as a technical consultant at Sheldon & Mak, and then at Robbins Berliner & Carson, LLP. Her expertise is in worldwide patent procurement, including all aspects of intellectual property analysis, encompassing a convergence of science fields and spanning a broad array of industries and technologies, ranging from biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, medical/diagnostic devices and semiconductor materials. Dr. Wen continued her work with the firm of Irell & Manella, LLP where her emphasis was in complex high-technology litigation focusing on biotechnology, DNA microarrays and medical devices.

For further questions, please contact: rpersaud@usc.edu

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This seminar will take place on April 14th from 12pm-1pm and can be accessed through the following link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92129393473

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