Lauren M. Segal holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology and Fungal Genetics, and an M.S. in Soil Microbiology. Dr. Segal is interested in all things agri-tech and food-tech. With a background in in agronomy and fungal genetics, she is experienced in handling food tech related to mycoproteins, or alternative proteins. Other areas of expertise include:
From startups to large companies, clients look to Dr. Segal for technological advice in support of validity, infringement, and patentability analysis in the biotechnology and medical device and diagnostics areas. Her representative experience includes:
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.
In addition to her work, Dr. Segal serves as a co-chair for Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC). She is also a member of the LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC).