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Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Elects Rebecca Simmons, Ph.D. as Principal

July 31, 2020

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is pleased to announce that Rebecca (Becky) Simmons, Ph.D., has been elected Principal of the firm.  

Alice Carroll, Principal at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, stated, “We are honored to announce Becky’s advancement to Principal.  In her new role, our pharmaceutical clients will continue to benefit from Becky’s sophisticated approach to chemical patenting and counseling.”

Becky has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and a B.S. in Chemistry and French from Boston College. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Becky has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Eli Lilly Organic Chemistry Fellowship, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, Gabelli Presidential Scholarship, and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship Award.  She has also been named an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar and a Robert B. Woodward Fellow.

For 10 years, Becky has assisted clients with their IP-related needs in the areas of pharmaceuticals, chemistry, cosmetics and biotechnology. Her practice includes strategic intellectual property counseling and lifecycle management, patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence, and preparation of legal opinions. Her clients range from sole inventors to global pharmaceutical companies and include start-ups, venture capital firms, and research institutions. In the pharmaceutical field, Becky has particular experience with the preparation and prosecution of both U.S. and foreign patents involving small molecules, including stereoisomers, polymorphs and prodrugs, antibiotics, cannabinoid receptor agonists, and anti-cancer drugs. She also has experience with secondary patents in the chemical arts, including method of treatment, process, solid form, formulation, and combination therapy patents. Becky has also assisted extensively in patent litigation.

Eric Balicky, Ph.D., Principal, remarked, “Becky has consistently provided our industry and academic clients with exceptional support and strategic advice in a wide range of chemistry and life science technology areas. As a Principal, Becky will be able to assume an even more significant role in continuing to build strong IP portfolios for our Firm’s clients.”

As a graduate student at Harvard University, Becky developed a strategy for bioconjugation and used the approach to isolate the known protein targets of two natural products in pull down experiments. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Becky worked in the Research Division at Hitachi Global Storage Technology and in the Storage Technology Division at IBM. She also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Boston College and Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris, France.

Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C. is among New England’s largest law firms devoted to the practice of intellectual property law.  The firm specializes in patents, trademarks, intellectual property litigation, copyrights, licensing, due diligence, opinions, trade secrets, and intellectual property counseling.  The firm’s legal staff provides comprehensive intellectual property legal expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, physics, optics, nanotechnology, and electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering.