Distinguished Alumni Award: School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kenneth J. Dow, BS ’80.

Kenneth J. Dow, BS ’80

Dow is vice president, law at biotechnology firm Century Therapeutics. His UB pharmacy degree and a law degree from St. John’s University have allowed him to take a different approach to the pharmaceutical and therapeutic arenas. He worked for Johnson & Johnson in several capacities, first as a vice president in the parent company’s law department. Before that, he was vice president, patent law at J&J subsidiary Janssen Biotech, Inc., where he was on the research management board. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing patent matters for the oncology and immunology therapeutic areas. Dow is a former chair of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s Intellectual Property Counsels Committee, whose mission is promoting strong, predictable intellectual property protection and efficient transfer of IP rights for the biotechnology industry domestically and internationally.