Krista is an intellectual property (IP) expert with a focus and skillset for aligning her clients’ IP strategy with their business and corporate goals. She has over 10 years of combined experience in cell and gene-edited cell therapies, biologics patent prosecution and IP strategy.
Before joining Dark Horse Consulting Group in 2019, Krista was most recently Senior Director of Intellectual Property at Asterias Biotherapeutics. At Asterias, Krista was the sole person responsible for the company’s large, global patent portfolio, drafting new original applications and prosecuting to allowance and grant over 95 patent applications in the course of three years, including key US patents for the company’s clinical product candidates. She also oversaw the company’s licensing matters, including successfully negotiating a key license from a university for a second indication for the company’s AST-OPC1 product, and representing the company in various outbound licensing deals resulting in significant revenue in upfront and milestone license fees. She regularly advised the executive management of the company on IP matters and together with the process development team, devised a next-generation patent strategy for one of the company’s clinical product candidates.
Prior to Asterias, Krista worked as a patent agent at BioTime, where she also was the sole practitioner responsible for a large, global cell therapy patent portfolio. She began her career in intellectual property as an IP intern/patent practitioner (working part-time while in law school) at Affymetrix, Inc., and as a summer associate at the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She then worked several years as an independent IP consultant and patent agent for various Bay Area biotech clients on a diverse range of technologies including large molecule biologics, next-generation sequencing, and single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with human diseases and disorders.
Before going to law school and embarking on a career in intellectual property and patents, Krista earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University, where she conducted molecular biology research on the regulation and downstream signaling of a prototype member of an oncogene family. She also completed a postdoc at Cornell in a leading epigenetics laboratory, studying the epigenetic regulatory mechanisms of a cluster of imprinted genes and transcripts within the Rasgrf1 locus.
In addition to her IP consulting role, Krista also oversees all internal legal functions at Dark Horse Consulting Group as our Vice President, Legal Affairs.