Speaker Bios

Emilio (Milo) Cividanes
Partner, Venable LLP

Milo Cividanes concentrates his practice on helping companies meet their privacy obligations in a competitive and global marketplace, and shape the data protection laws and regulations that govern their activities. His practice centers on counseling clients in various industries, including marketing, entertainment, electronic publishing, telecommunications, retail, health care, pharmaceutical, financial services, and hospitality, on how to address privacy challenges to their product development, sales, and other business operations.

William Ferullo
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Lead IP Counsel, Informa

Osagie Imasogie
Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures

Osagie Imasogie has over 28 years of experience in the fields of law, finance and business management, healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry.  Prior to co-founding Phoenix IP Ventures, an IP based Merchant Bank, Imasogie conceptualized and established GlaxoSmithKline Ventures and was its founding Vice President. Imasogie led GSK Ventures in concluding over thirty (30) worldwide transactions, within a 3 year period, in which he invested various GSK R&D non-progressed assets into various companies and/or as the basis of starting new companies. Prior to this role within GSK, Imasogie was a Vice President for Product Development Strategy at SmithKline Beecham.  Before joining SmithKline, Imasogie was the Founding Senior Vice President for Business Development and General Counsel at Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., a multi-Billion publicly traded specialist pharmaceutical company. 

Barbara McClung
Chief Legal Officer, Caribou Biosciences, Inc

Barbara McClung serves as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Caribou Biosciences, where she is responsible for all legal functions, including intellectual property strategy and portfolio management, contracts, corporate transactions, board governance, and employment law. In addition, the Company’s finance and human resources functions report to McClung. Prior to joining Caribou, she headed the legal functions at Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. and Cygnus, Inc.  McClung began her career as a patent attorney with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and then joined Chiron Corporation where she was patent counsel for Chiron’s vaccine division. McClung is a member of the California, Delaware and Pennsylvania bars, as well as being a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. McClung received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Thomas Penn
Partner, MVP Capital Partners

Thomas Penn joined MVP Capital Partners in 2000 from Boston Millennia Partners, a private equity firm where he was a Partner. From 1994 to 1998, Penn was President and CEO of Tektagen, Inc., a leading contract services firm serving the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Tektagen was successfully sold to Charles River Laboratories, Inc. in 1998. Prior to Tektagen, Penn was President of Independence Ventures, Inc., a firm that specialized in starting and building high-potential, technology-based companies. Earlier in his career he held several positions in industry and venture capital.  Penn has served on numerous corporate boards, and presently serves as a director of ANI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ANIP), Northern Contours and Compass Water Solutions, as well as several others.

Gurinder (Gary) Sangha
Founder and CEO, LexCheck

Gary Sangha is a serial entrepreneur, attorney and academic who is at the forefront of incorporating new technologies into the legal services sector. He is the Founder and CEO of Lit IQ, which is using advances in computational linguistics to identify drafting errors in legal documents. Sangha is also the Founder and former CEO of Intelligize, which helps business professionals more easily research regulatory filings. Intelligize is one of the fastest growing legal technology companies in the US and counts as customers most of the AmLaw 100 law firms, three of the Big Four accounting firms and a quarter of the Fortune 500.

Lisa Sotto
Partner, Hunton & Williams

Lisa Sotto heads Hunton & Williams’ Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, which is a leader in its field and has been ranked by Computerworld magazine for four consecutive years as the top law firm globally for privacy and data security. Well-recognized in the field of privacy and cybersecurity, Sotto was named to The National Law Journal’s “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” list in 2013. Chambers and Partners rated Hunton & Williams as a “Star Individual” for privacy and data security in its Chambers Global and Chambers USA guides, and The Legal 500 United States guide ranked the firm in “Tier 1” for cyber crime and privacy and data security. She was profiled as “The Queen of Breach” by Super Lawyers. Sotto was selected to advise the Serbian government on global data protection law and to draft the country’s data security and breach notification laws. She was sponsored by the USAID-funded Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project.