Immac J. Thampoe (Casey)
Executive Director & Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Portfolio Development, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Immac J. Thampoe (Casey) is Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property Portfolio Development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Tarrytown, NY, which he joined in 2016. He has 28 years of patent law experience in the biopharmaceutical sector, is considered a thought leader in his field and a highly sought after speaker who has chaired and spoken at numerous biotechnology patent law conferences in New York, Boston, San Francisco, London and Munich.
Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Thampoe left behind his family and came to the United States in 1975 at the age of 15 on a Jesuit Scholarship award to finish high school at Fordham Preparatory School. He continued his education at Fordham University on a Presidential Scholarship and received a BS in biology. He pursued his graduate work also at Fordham receiving a MS and PhD in biology. From 1986 to 1990, Casey was a post-doctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate in tumor immunology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His prior roles include working in the New York Intellectual Property law firm of Fish & Neave (now part of Ropes & Gray) and at the in-house patent group of Schering-Plough Corporation. Upon the merger of Schering-Plough with Merck & Company in 2009, he was appointed the Managing IP Counsel for Biologics and subsequently for Biologics & Vaccines at the combined company. Mr. Thampoe is a past President of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, and as the chair of the group’s Patent Litigation Committee since 2000, has organized its annual Patent Litigation Seminar which features the top patent law practitioners from around the world. He is also a member of Biotechnology Innovation Organization and its Intellectual Property Counsel Committee.
Mr. Thampoe played Varsity Squash for Fordham from 1976-1980 and was the manager of the Fordham Squash and Tennis teams during that time. Since 2011, he has been a player captain of USTA Adult League teams and has led 14 different teams to the USTA National Championships. He has received many accolades from the USTA including the 2017 Middle States New Jersey Captain of the Year award.