Dr. Casey Donahoe practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent prosecution and strategy in the fields of biotechnology, pharmacology, life sciences and medical devices. A highly versatile patent practitioner, he works with a range of technologies at all stages of patent prosecution, and has counselled clients developing technologies directed to medical diagnostics, antibody therapeutics, RNAi therapeutics, CRISPR-based gene editing, gene transfection vehicles, anti-viral therapeutics, biological imaging, and neurovascular stents and catheters.
After graduating from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Casey worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he gained valuable insight into the factors that influence a patent application’s rejection or allowance.
Casey went on to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. There, his research combined chemistry, biology and engineering in developing recombinant enzymes that promote endothelialization and polymeric biomaterials with ultra-low protein absorption properties for applications in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.
Honors and Awards
Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (BL Rankings) in the field of Intellectual Property Law, 2021 - Present
Presentations and Publications
- Donahoe, et al. Clickable PEG nanogel coatings compared to PEG/BSA nanogel coatings: Synergy between PEG and BSA contributes to ultralow protein adsorption as assessed by single molecule fluorescence. Poster presentation at Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Boston, April 2013.
- Donahoe, et al. Poly(ethylene glycol) nanogel coated surfaces display ultralow protein adsorption: Quantification by single molecule detection. Poster presentation at Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Seattle, April 2010.
- Donahoe, et al. Enzyme immobilization for the controlled release of a bioactive molecule from hydrogels. Oral presentation at Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 2007.
- Donahoe, et al. Ultralow protein adsorbing coatings from clickable PEG nanogel solutions: benefits of attachment under salt induced phase separation conditions and comparison with PEG/albumin nanogel coatings. Langmuir. 2013 Mar 26; 29(12): 4128-39.
- Tessler, Donahoe, et al. Nanogel surface coatings for improved single-molecule imaging substrates. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface. 2011 Oct 7; 8(63): 1400-8.
Civic and Professional Activities
- Washington University School of Law, Office of Technology Management, Volunteer, 2013 – 2014