Joe Smith has more than 40 years of business and legal experience. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of Cepheid, a leading developer of integrated systems for genetic assessment.
He was previously Executive Vice President, Business Development at Applied Biosystems group of Applera Corporation. In that capacity, he directed the activities of Applied Biosystems in scouting and closing new business opportunities and investments, potential acquisitions, mergers, and collaborations. Prior to his post as the head of business development at Applied Biosystems Group, Mr. Smith held various roles including Assistant Secretary of Applera Corporation and Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property for Applied Biosystems Group (ABI) and its predecessor, PE Biosystems Division of Perkin-Elmer, and Vice President of Intellectual Property for Applied Biosystems, the predecessor of PE Biosystems. During that time, Mr. Smith and his team built the patent portfolio from a handful to more than 400 patents and applications. He was also responsible for designing an out-licensing strategy for the company and implementing a highly successful worldwide patent licensing program for PCR thermal cyclers, PCR reagents, and DNA sequencing.
Prior to his activities with Applied Biosystems, Mr. Smith was a partner at the intellectual property law firm of Wiseman, Jones, and Smith, and the law firm of Boone, Fox, and Jones, and was a member of the technical legal department of Hewlett-Packard. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Smith was involved in life science research and administration and was a business and scientific consultant to the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Radiology, the Bureau of Radiological Health, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and many universities, including for example Stanford University, UCLA, USC, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, George Washington University, Emory University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina, University of Texas, and many others.
Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Arizona; an M.S. in physics and a C. Phil. in theoretical physics from UC San Diego, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.