Lando & Anastasi Bolsters Life Sciences Team with the Addition of Three New Hires

  • January 30, 2023

Welcome Alexander Donovan, Ph.D., Emily Forster, Ph.D., and Samantha Gargaro, Ph.D.

Boston-based intellectual property boutique, Lando & Anastasi (L&A), is pleased to announce that Alexander J. Donovan, Ph.D., Emily R. Forster, Ph.D., and Samantha L. Gargaro, Ph.D. have joined the firm.

“We are excited to welcome Alex, Emily, and Samantha to L&A. Their experience and scientific expertise bring a welcome expansion of capabilities and bandwidth to our life sciences group, and this will help us to meet the growing needs of our clients,” said Angelyn Larkin, Ph.D., a Partner in L&A’s life sciences group.

Alexander J. Donovan, Ph.D. joins the life sciences group as a Patent Agent, and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His cross-disciplinary graduate research was directed to developing procoagulant nanotherapies that mimic platelet dense granules, an organelle central to hemostasis and the wound healing process. Prior to joining L&A, Alex worked as a Senior Researcher at a large, global materials manufacturer formulating setting-type joint compounds and textures. Alex was a double major at University of Chicago, where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.

Emily R. Forster, Ph.D. joins L&A’s life sciences group as a Technology Specialist, primarily focused on molecular biology. Emily earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology at Tufts University, where she used chemical proteomics to discover bile acid-binding proteins in the gastrointestinal pathogen Clostridioides difficile, and studied how protein:protein interactions control C. difficile spore germination in response to small molecules. Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Samantha L. Gargaro, Ph.D. also joins the life sciences group as a Technology Specialist, and she specializes in the area of organic chemistry. Prior to joining L&A, Samantha earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where her research was focused on Cu-catalyzed asymmetric reductive coupling. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Washington State University.

Nicole A. Palmer, the firm’s hiring partner noted, “Adding these impressive individuals to our team underscores our commitment to maintaining currency in our scientific and technology base. It also provides us with a terrific opportunity to mentor and train these new practitioners to L&A’s standard of excellence at the earliest stages of their legal careers.”

About Life Sciences at L&A

Our life sciences team includes experienced and knowledgeable intellectual property attorneys and technical professionals. We support our clients by combining PhD-level life sciences expertise with a deep understanding of the commercial and legal realities that drive business success. As a result, biotechnology and pharmaceutical innovators around the world, from early stage to multinational corporations, count on our team to help them navigate the complex IP landscape. Our attorneys, patent agents, and technology specialists have broad expertise and maintain technical currency in a wide range of cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, products, and processes.

About Lando & Anastasi, LLP

Lando & Anastasi, LLP (L&A) partners with clients to protect their innovations through effective intellectual property strategies related to patent, trademark and copyright procurement, licensing and associated transactions, counseling, trade secrets, and litigation. This partnership complements an emphasis on creative and strategic solutions guided by a solid understanding of each client’s business imperatives. Well versed in a wide range of industries including life sciences, software, cleantech, medical devices, chemical and electrical engineering, L&A attorneys counsel clients ranging from individuals to early-stage and venture-backed start-ups to small and large national and global corporations. For more information and the latest firm news, please visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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