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Intellectual Property Rights and Plant Biotechnology
ture and Environmental Sciences, Department of Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis. Dr. Bennett's major research interests at the University of California include molecular biology of tomato fruit development, molecular basis of membrane transport, and protein maturation and targeting to the cell wall and vacuole. Dr. Bennett currently serves on the editorial board of Plant Physiology and has served as a panel member for the U.S. Department of Agriculture 's competitive research grants and National Science Foundation programs. He also serves as the University of California representative on the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council. Dr. Bennett holds one patent (U.S. Patent #5,168,064) for Endo-1,4-b-glucanase gene and its use in plants and has applied for another (U.S. Patent Application #770,970) for tomato acid invertase gene. He received his Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cornell University.
June Blalock is a licensing specialist with the Office of Technology Transfer, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland. Ms. Blalock joined the Office of Technology Transfer in 1993 as coordinator of the Technology Licensing Program. Previously, she was associate director of the Triangle Universities Licensing Consortium, where she had primary responsibility for licensing university-owned intellectual property in the biotechnology and biomedical fields from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held sales and marketing positions at International Biotechnologies, Inc., and has taught microbiology at the University of Maryland and Goucher College. Ms. Blalock is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, the Association of Federal Technology Transfer Executives, and the American Society for Microbiology.
Wendy A. Choi is a patent attorney with Union Camp Corporation, in Princeton, New Jersey. Before law school, Ms. Choi was a research scientist for the Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia. She graduated cum laude from Temple University School of Law and summa cum laude from Chestnut Hill College with a B.S. in chemistry. Ms. Choi is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Robert R. Fincher is director of university-government research collaborations and germplasm licensing at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Johnstown, Iowa. Previously, Dr. Fincher served as director of research for a group that works to improve agronomic traits with new technologies. The group's areas of expertise include breeding, genetics, statistics, molecular biology, and plant physiology. Dr. Fincher began his work at Pioneer Hi-Bred International in 1982 as a corn breeder and in 1985 began to work with biotechnology projects, including field evaluation of cell-culture-derived plants. He received his Ph.D. in agronomy (plant breeding) from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
B. Ellen Friedman directs a curriculum development project at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also designs and writes materials for a new college-level curriculum in biology being