Law school: Saint Louis University
Greg DeLassus likes to say that his favorite moment as an attorney happens every time he gets to see a television advertisement showcasing a product for which he helped get a patent.
With a burgeoning biotechnology industry nurturing more new startups in the St. Louis area every year, those happy moments may come more and more often for this intellectual property attorney. He certainly doesn’t find life sciences cases intimidating. His JD is bolstered by degrees in biology and microbiology and he’s worked as a research associate at both Washington and Saint Louis universities.
The transition from lab to law firm came at Harness, Dickey & Pierce where DeLassus has worked as an associate since 2012 and where his expertise has made him a “go-to” attorney in the words of his nominator.
“Greg is also a thought leader in intellectual property,” wrote his nominator. “He regularly publishes articles, for example, including the recent ‘How 2015’s Patent Law Trends Will Affect Life Sciences Companies’ published in Life Science Leader this past May. He also volunteers his time to present at a monthly one-on-one IP counseling series for entrepreneurs and scientists.”
In addition to his other activities, DeLassus volunteers as chairman of the advisory board for the South City Deanery Parish School.
What is your most important work at your organization?
I focus on drafting and procuring patents in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. This requires a great deal of research both on the law governing different aspects of the patent process and on the technology at issue.
What is your biggest accomplishment this year?
My proudest accomplishments each year always relate to patents that cover new medical technologies.
The nature of the health care industry is such that medical technologies that do not get patents are never brought to clinic. I am proud to think that we are helping the life and health of real people.