Richard T. Timmer, Ph.D.

Patent Agent



The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., Biochemistry, 1990

   Ph.D. Dissertation: Mechanism of Action of Eukaryotic Protein Synthesis Initiation Factors          .

The University of Texas at Austin, M.A., Chemistry, 1989

   M.A. Thesis: In Vitro Rat Liver Mitochondrial DNA Repair.

Macalester College, B.A., cum laude, Chemistry, 1983

   Undergraduate Thesis: Total Synthesis of Phyllodulcin.

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Richard T. Timmer is a patent agent specializing in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology, and medical devices. Rick has over 25 years of experience in the chemical and life sciences industries, which includes more than 15 years of experience with patent preparation and prosecution of patent applications with three national law firms and the management of patent portfolios within biotechnology start-ups and multinational pharmaceutical companies. He has drafted well-over 100 patent applications involving medicinal and polymer chemistry inventions, and nearly as many life sciences inventions involving expression vectors, recombinant proteins, transgenic plants, medical devices, diagnostic methods, and health IT.

Rick also has experience in scouting and evaluating technologies for in-licensing, out-licensing of biopharmaceutical assets and negotiating licensing and research collaboration agreements. In addition, he has supported and led investment rounds for biotechnology start-ups. Rick is also an inventor of 12 issued U.S. patents pertaining to novel small molecule compounds useful as therapeutic agents in inflammatory disease and cancer.

Rick served as President and CEO of an early stage biotechnology company based in Toronto. He also co-founded an early-stage biotechnology company in Atlanta. His experience in the biopharmaceutical space is extensive, including patent portfolio management, licensing, business development and clinical research operations for a variety of companies.

Before entering the private sector, Rick was a faculty member in the Department of Physiology at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he previously also served as a postdoctoral research fellow. His research focus at Emory, as both a faculty member and postdoctoral fellow, was on structure-function relationships of membrane transport proteins such as the anion exchange protein 1, sodium phosphate co-transporter, and urea transporter. Rick developed several inducible expression systems in various cell-lines in order to carry-out structural and kinetic studies of site-specific mutant forms of these proteins.

In addition to his work leading to patents relating to small molecule compounds discussed above, Rick has extensive synthetic experience working on natural product synthesis. In addition, he spent two years working with 3M Corporation on development of polymers used in magnetic media.


U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


American Intellectual Property Law Association

2016 - present

Atlanta Bar Association – IP Law Section

2015 – present

American Chemical Society

1983 – present

Amer. Soc. for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

1991 – 2005

Licensing Executive Society

2000 – 2004

Biophysical Society

1996 – 2004

American Society for Nephrology

1998 – 2000


NIH Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship


The University of Texas at Austin Professional Development Award


Bush Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Phi Lambda Upsilon (National Chemistry Honor Society)


American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry


Ruth Vernon Taylor Foundation Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship