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Kurt Ehresman, Konstantina Katcheves, Sandhya Kowdley, Theodore West, Charles Lizza, William Baton, Frank Sabatine, Jeff Coney

Law firm Saul Ewing last week announced the addition of six members to its life sciences practice group and its intellectual property and technology practice group.
The new employees are Kurt Ehresman, Konstantina Katcheves, Sandhya Kowdley, and Theodore West, all of whom will focus on patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries; and Charles Lizza and William Baton, who will concentrate on patent infringement litigation in the pharmaceutical industry.
Ehresman and West join the practice from McNees, Wallace, & Nurick, where Ehresman was a partner in the patent group and West was a patent agent. Katcheves was previously a managing partner in boutique patent firm Travers, Katcheves, & Associates. Saul Ewing did not disclose Kowdley’s prior employment, but said that she holds a law degree with a concentration in life sciences from the University of Bombay. Lizza and Baton both join Saul Ewing from law firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.

Frank Sabatine has been appointed to the newly created position of associate vice president of economic development and community engagement at Ball State University, where he will spearhead campus-wide efforts to improve the state's economy, the Muncie Free Press reported this week.
Sabatine, dean of the school of extended education and formerly the university's acting provost of academic affairs, also will be responsible for Ball State's Building Better Communities initiative.
Organized in 2003, BBC spurs economic development and quality-of-life advancement in Indiana by extending Ball State's strengths in applied research and hands-on learning to community projects across the state.

Jeff Coney was recently named Northwestern University's first director of economic development.
Coney will work out of the university's office of government relations. Coney joined Northwestern in 2000 as director of new business initiatives. In that role, he was responsible for day-to-day operation of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center in Evanston.

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