Founder and Legal Consultant and Member of the Board of Directors
Steven Fontana, J.D. is an intellectual property, transactional and corporate attorney with over 20 years of experience, most of that time within the pharmaceutical industry. Fontana has managed an in-house patent department responsible for all aspects of U.S. and international IP creation, procurement, protection and enforcement, all with a focus on interaction with scientists and business teams alike. Fontana has also served as a vice president of North American legal operations with an additional focus on each of negotiations, transactions (U.S. and international) and business and corporate development, and has led pharmaceutical product development teams.
Fontana practiced law at Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN.) and AAIPharma, Inc. (Wilmington, NC), and continues to provide a broad range of IP services for pharmaceutical-based clients through his firm, Fontana International, LLC, and IP and general legal services through Marin Bay Partners, LLC. Steven has also served as the Senior Technology Development Officer at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, the interim Director for the formation of a North Carolina Center of Innovation for marine biotechnology and as a research and development representative in the agro-chemical industry. Fontana is also a named inventor on 17 issued U.S. patents, with additional patents pending.