John Wallen, Ph.D., J.D.
Vice President, Intellectual Property
John has served Avidity Biosciences, LLC as its head of intellectual property since inception. Prior to Avidity, Dr. Wallen served as VP Intellectual Property & Corporate Legal at Ambrx, Inc. Prior to joining Ambrx, Dr. Wallen was a partner in the Technology/Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation practices at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP in San Diego. Dr. Wallen has counseled clients on a broad range of issues, including patent prosecution, licensing, freedom to operate analysis and intellectual property litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Wallen was in-house patent counsel to both Merck & Co., Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, he was a scientist in the Cancer Research Department of Merck & Co., Inc. Dr. Wallen received a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School, a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. degree in clinical microbiology from Long Island University Brooklyn, a B.S. degree in Biology from the State University of New York, and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.