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Raj Bawa is president of Bawa Biotech LLC, a biotech/pharma consultancy and patent law firm based in Ashburn, VA, USA that he founded in 2002. He is an inventor, entrepreneur, professor and registered patent agent licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Trained as a biochemist and microbiologist, he has been an active researcher for over two decades. He has extensive expertise in pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, nanomedicine, drug delivery and biodefense, FDA regulatory issues, and patent law. Since 1999, he has held various positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he is currently an adjunct professor of biological sciences and where he received his doctoral degree in three years (biophysics/biochemistry). Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor of natural and applied sciences at NVCC in Annandale, VA. He is a scientific advisor to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., Israel. He has served as a principal investigator of National Cancer Institute SBIRs and reviewer for both the NIH and NSF. In the 1990s, Dr. Bawa held various positions at the US Patent & Trademark Office, including primary examiner for 6 years. He is a life member of Sigma Xi, co-chair of the Nanotech Committee of the American Bar Association and serves on the global advisory council of the World Future Society. He is frequently interviewed by the media and appeared in such publications as Nature, MIT Technology Review, American Chemical Socitye CE&N, Business Review, etc. He has authored over 100 publications, co-edited four texts and serves on the editorial boards of 17 peer-reviewed journals, including serving as a Special Associate Editor of Nanomedicine (Elsevier) and an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Nanomedicine (Wiley). Some of Dr. Bawa’s awards include the Innovations Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK (2008); Appreciation Award from the Undersecretary of Commerce, Washington, DC (2001); the Key Award from Rensselaer’s Office of Alumni Relations (2005); and Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Nanomedicine (2014).
Since 2002, Dr. Bawa is listed on the official “Roster of Attorneys and Agents” maintained by the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) as a registered patent agent in good standing, licensed to practice before the PTO.