Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Hans Sauer is Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a major trade association representing over 1,100 biotechnology companies from the medical, agricultural, environmental, and industrial sector. At BIO, Mr. Sauer advises the organization's board of directors, amicus committee, and various staff committees on patent and other intellectual property-related matters. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sauer was Chief Patent Counsel for MGI Pharma, Inc., and Senior Patent Counsel for Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Sauer has 13 years of professional in-house experience in the biotechnology industry, where he worked on several research and drug development programs, being responsible for patent prosecution and portfolio oversight, clinical trial health information privacy, and sales and marketing legal compliance. Mr. Sauer has an M.S. degree in Biology from the University of Ulm in his native Germany, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.