Jeffrey Pepe, Ph.D., J.D., is Silverback’s senior vice president and general counsel. Dr. Pepe has responsibility for the company’s global legal strategy, planning, and management. Prior to Silverback, Dr. Pepe served as associate general counsel and head of intellectual property at Trubion Pharmaceuticals and as chief patent attorney at Nastech Pharmaceutical Company. Most recently Dr. Pepe was a partner at Seed IP Law Group, where he advised private and public companies, board members, and venture capitalists. He was part of leadership teams that negotiated and completed deals for clinical assets, licensing and sale of intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Pepe has extensive experience in performing due diligence, licensing, as well as global intellectual property strategic planning, procurement, and portfolio management. After receiving his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California at Los Angeles, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington. Dr. Pepe received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he served as an adjunct law professor for 10 years.