Biologue Chicago was launched in 2007 to offer Chicago's enterprising biotech community an informal venue to interact. It is intended for scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys and other interested in Chicago’s biotech industry to network, mingle and socialize. We realize that business can happen as easily on the golf course as it can in the conference room, so we created this organization to help keep things focused on you, your interests, concerns and ideas rather than any agenda of our own.

Biologue was initially a product of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago's Biotech committee. This social forum is part of IPLAC's continued efforts to foster academic, industrial and IP law ties in the Midwest.

Who We Are:

Paul Reinfelds is Director, Legal Affairs & Senior Legal Counsel at Marathon Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Before that he was a patent attorney at Lundbeck Inc.. Paul received his JD from The John Marshall Law School in 2007. He is seemingly a life-long graduate student still working to defend his doctoral thesis, titled “Structural study involving single site amino acid mutations at the surface of Cytochrome c Peroxidase causing unexpected changes in heme group coordination state” at Illinois Institute of Technology. He hopes to finish that sooner rather than later. Paul has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Andrew Howard's lab on protein purification and crystallography. Paul has been an instructor within the Department of Natural Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. He is a scratch golfer and knows how to throw a mean horseshoe. In his spare time Paul enjoys calculating the interest on his student loans. Email Paul at: paul.reinfelds@biologuechicago.com

Kate Liebelt serves as chief of staff for Deloitte’s national health care provider consulting practice. She has held positions at Takeda Global Research & Development, Baxter Healthcare, and the Washington University in St. Louis Office of Technology Management. Kate is an active member of several local and national health care and life sciences associations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives, AdvaMED, Health 2.0, America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago Life Sciences Committee, and XX in Health - a Rock Health Initiative. Her hobbies include yoga, macrobiotic cooking, and travel. Email Kate at: kate.liebelt@biologuechicago.com

Karla Melendez is the Sales Manager for Western N. America at Wheaton Industries. Prior to joining Wheaton, Karla was a Technology Manager at the tech transfer office of University of Chicago (UChicagoTech). She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Neuroscience. While at the U of I, Karla co-founded an organization inspired by Biologue Chicago called the Illini Biotechnology Organization (IBO), whose mission was to bridge the gap between academia and industry. Outside of pursuing the "business of science", she enjoys traveling to warm climates and taking advantage of the ever-changing Chicago food scene. Email Karla at: k.melendez@biologuechicago.com

Todd Kuna is an Account Director for Chempetitive Group, an integrated life science marketing communications agency based in Chicago. Here he leads marketing strategy for start ups to industry leaders in the research tools, diagnostic and heathcare sectors. Prior to that, Todd spent several years working in the Human Immunologic Monitoring Facility at University of Chicago analyzing cancer clinical trial samples. When he’s not following the trends in the life sciences, Todd can be found on the court for both indoor and beach volleyball. Email Todd at: tkuna@chempetitive.com.

Vid Mohan-Ram is a patent attorney with the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP D.C. office. Vid received his JD from The John Marshall Law School in 2009 and his PhD from The University of London in England in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 1996. He then came stateside to do postdoctoral research on muscle genes and cardiomyopathy at the University of Vermont. Vid left the lab to become an editor and writer at Science magazine's Next Wave, where he wrote numerous articles on grant-writing, professional development of academic faculty and scientists, science policy and biomedical ethics. Vid has retired from hosting Biologue Events but is always with us in spirit.