Key Consultants & Partners

Anne Lodge PhD

Operations Consultant

Anne Lodge received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont. Her thesis work examined the activation of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells by vascular endothelium and revealed the importance of endothelial cells in triggering organ rejection. After completing her graduate work, Dr. Lodge received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The fellowship supported her work at Vanderbilt University in the laboratory of Dr. Subramaniam Sriram. She studied T cells from patients with MS to determine their role in the disease process. Dr. Lodge then accepted a position with Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. in Seattle. She had a number of different roles at the company and contributed to the Investigational New Drug filings for the company’s dendritic cell vaccine. Her expertise in cell-based therapeutics and broad background in immunology led to her founding Astarte Biologics in 2004 to provide human immune cells for research.

Chris Jacob JD

Internal Intellectual Property Counsel

Chris Jacob JD is an intellectual property attorney with knowledge in regulatory compliance, litigation, patent prosecution, as well as “freedom to operate”. He was previously general counsel for Sangretech Biomedical. He completed his B.S. in Biology from University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Denise L. Mayfield JD


Denise Mayfield serves as outside patent counsel to ACE Laboratories. Denise is a registered patent attorney with nearly 30 years’ experience advising pharmaceutical companies and academic research institutions in strategies for identifying, protecting and commercializing their intellectual property assets. She assists in negotiating technology licenses, cooperative research agreements, joint venture agreements, international distribution and marketing programs, patent litigation matters and university pooling arrangements. Denise works to maximize opportunity for implementing identified innovation into patent protectable products, with an eye towards the most effective path to market. Denise assists in addressing FDA regulatory compliance issues related to pharmaceuticals, medical devices and dietary supplements, as well as advising on trade secret options for preserving client proprietary rights. Denise is admitted to practice in Texas, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She earned her graduate degree from the University of Texas (genetics and physiology), and worked as a researcher in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Department of Medicine (Pulmonary Diseases) prior to her legal career, where her work was widely published in Science, Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, and other peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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