Steve Helmer, J.D.
Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel
Steve Helmer joined DURECT in 2010 and is Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel. Mr. Helmer has over 17 years of experience as a patent attorney. After law school, he worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for 2 years, and then was a patent attorney at various law firms for the next 8 years. At that point, Steve switched over to the corporate side as patent counsel for Nektar Therapeutics for 5 years, followed by one year at Life Technologies prior to joining DURECT. Steve received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude) and received an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (magna cum laude).