Lauren M. Segal is a technical advisor with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Dr. Segal provides technological advice in support of validity, infringement, and patentability analysis in the biotechnology and medical device and diagnostics areas.
Prior to joining MBHB, Dr. Segal served as Associate Technology Manager at the University of Illinois-Chicago Office of Technology Management. In this role, she managed all aspects of intellectual property and commercialization for a portfolio of scientific innovations including medicals devices, therapeutics, and diagnostics; guided faculty members and graduate students through the process of commercializing early-stage technologies; and negotiated license agreements with external companies and faculty-led startups.
During her academic tenure, Dr. Segal worked as a Commercialization Analyst at NUtech Ventures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln evaluating technologies for their intellectual property and commercial potential. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with a specialization in Fungal Genetics. Dr. Segal’s expertise includes agronomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and molecular biology. In addition to her work, Dr. Segal enjoys advocating for underserved populations in STEM by speaking on panels and leading workshops. She also served on several Diversity and Inclusion committees throughout her career.