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Kate Murashige went from a PhD in chemistry to a very successful patent lawyer:

She was a pioneer in the industry’s patent law. And she continues to help myriad companies, each with vastly different and complicated science, stake their legal ground so they can push ahead and try to bring new drugs to market.

She came to law a bit circuitously:

After earning her doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of California Los Angeles, Murashige knew a career in the laboratory was not for her.

“I was not a good scientist,” Murashige said. “I’m not creative. I’m very analytical. I move from Point A to Point B. People who are successful in science think a different way. They don’t follow a particularly logical path and the goal is much too far away for me.

“I like a more immediate sense of accomplishment: complete a task, and move on.”

For several years, she taught at the College of San Mateo, where she was chair of the physical sciences department. Among her students was J. Craig Venter, winner of the 2007 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest.

Eventually, she tired of teaching introductory courses. She began attending the Santa Clara School of Law at night while also raising a son.

After starting a law firm on her own with a partner, they were eventually absorbed into a larger law frim where she is now a partner who specializes in patent law for the life sciences.

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