Nora Luo focuses on patent prosecution and strategic intellectual property counseling in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Her practice includes preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications, patent portfolio management, due diligence evaluations, freedom-to-operate analyses, patentability evaluations, and inter partes review proceedings.
Nora has worked with established companies, start-ups, and research institutions. She has experience with a wide range of technologies, including immunotherapy (e.g., antibodies, vaccines, cell-based therapies, CAR-T cell technology, immune checkpoint modulators), gene therapy, CRISPR technology, RNA splicing, cancer therapeutics, virology, stem cells, neurological disorder therapeutics, high-throughput screening, genomics, diagnostic assays, anti-aging therapeutics, and small molecule pharmaceuticals.
Nora holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University. While at Princeton, she was awarded the American Society for Cell Biology Norton B. Gilula Award and was the recipient of the National Institute of Health Fellowship. Prior to joining Jones Day, Nora was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research fellow at The Rockefeller University. Her scientific work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Cell, and was featured in The New York Times and Nature.
Publications Prior to Jones Day
Caenorhabditis elegans reproductive aging: regulation and underlying mechanisms, Genesis 49(2):53-65
TGF-β and insulin signaling regulate reproductive aging via oocyte and germline quality maintenance, Cell 143(2):299-312
TGF-beta Sma/Mab signaling mutations uncouple reproductive aging from somatic aging, PLoS Genet. 5(12):e1000789
Promoter-hypermethylation associated defective expression of E-cadherin in primary non-small cell lung cancer, Lung Cancer 62(2):162-172
The C. elegans TGF-beta Dauer pathway regulates longevity via insulin signaling, Curr. Biol. 17(19):1635-1645
Dissecting phenotypic variation among AIS patients, Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 335(2):335-342
- Fordham University (J.D. magna cum laude 2019; Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar); Princeton University (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology 2012); Fudan University (B.S. in Biological Sciences 2005)
- New York and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office