VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Biocryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Durham, NC)
ALANE P. BARNES is General Counsel at BioCryst Pharmaceuticals‚ Inc. (BCRX) a biopharmaceutical company utilizing crystallography and structure-based drug design to develop novel therapeutics targeting major illnesses. Alane is also a mentor for Alabama Launchpad‚ an innovative business plan competition created to fuel the development of companies in Alabama. Prior to joining BioCryst‚ Alane served as Senior Licensing Associate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 1997‚ she was responsible for market and competitive analysis to determine intellectual property protection strategy‚ structuring and negotiation of strategic partnerships and collaborations‚ technology transfers‚ licenses and spin-out transactions including engagements for private financing. Alane also served as a representative of UABRF and UAB at international biotech meetings and economic development meetings. From 1997 to 2003 Alane practiced in a law firm and advised numerous companies on a broad range of issues including general corporate law‚ regulatory compliance‚ intellectual property‚ shareholder agreements‚ healthcare law and mergers and acquisitions. Alane graduated magna cum laude from Cumberland School of Law in 1997 and is a member of Curia Honoris. Alane received both her B.S in Natural Science and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.