Rodney Sparks, JD., PhD
VP of Intellectual Property


Dr. Rodney Sparks has over 30 years’ experience as a scientist, and lawyer representing biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and universities in the United States and abroad.

His experience includes tenure at the 170 year old firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, as well as private practice at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, and at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld.

Dr. Sparks serves as Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel Emeritus for the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group, and previously served as an Advisor to RenovaCare.

Dr. Sparks has published and lectured at national and international meetings on numerous patent and licensing topics, and served an adjunct faculty member of the University of Virginia School of Law while co-directing a law school clinic in patent law and licensing.

He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the Biotechnology, Inter Partes Patent Proceedings, Licensing and Management of IP Assets, and Patent-Relations with the PTO committees of that organization. He also is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dr. Sparks was as an academic scientist. After completing work on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio, Dr. Sparks completed postdoctoral training in the cellular and molecular biology of cancer at the Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic.

He was on the faculty of the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine and was then a tenured faculty member at Tulane Medical School. While on the faculty at Tulane, he graduated from the evening program of the Loyola University School of Law.