In addition to practicing patent law, Dr. Rae has worked as a licensing and business development professional in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries over the last 15 years. In this capacity, he has successfully sourced new products, led due diligence and commercial evaluation teams, and negotiated and executed agreements in the US, Europe and Far East. Most recently, Dr. Rae was the Chief Business Officer of Vivaldi Biosciences Inc., an influenza vaccine development company headquartered in New York City. Prior to that, he served, from 2005 to 2010, as Senior Vice President, Licensing and Business Development at VIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rae’s pharmaceutical licensing experience was gained at Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., where he directed the company’s in-licensing and out-licensing activities from 1996 to 2003, and at Purdue Pharma L.P. Dr. Rae practiced patent law at the firm of Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP.
Dr. Rae obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Glasgow University, and was awarded a Ph.D. by the Institute of Virology in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. Dr. Rae has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at the New York Medical College since 1989, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Host Infection and Immunity at Liverpool University since 2008. Dr. Rae earned his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey.