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RainDance Technologies said today that it has appointed Alan Sherr as vice president and chief intellectual property counsel.

In addition to his duties as chief IP counsel, Sherr will lead RainDance's IP strategy with respect to licensing agreements and strategic collaborations, the company said. He will also play a central role in pursuing future applications for RainDance's microdroplet technology.

Sherr previously served as vice president and chief IP counsel at Helicos Biosciences. From 2000 to 2007, Sherr was senior IP counsel and vice president of licensing at Affymetrix; and from 1990 to 2000, he was an attorney in private practice with several intellectual property and general corporate law firms such Wolf, Greenfield, and Sacks; and Hale and Dorr.

Prior to that, Sherr served as general counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services, and as Massachusetts assistant attorney general. Sherr holds a JD from Boston University; an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University; and a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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