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Mike Rivard has more than twenty years of senior management experience in the life sciences industry. He has been directly responsible for corporate legal, intellectual property, business development, business strategy, human resources, and corporate communications functions in a variety of positions at public and private biotechnology companies including ArQule, Synta Pharmaceuticals, VaxDesign, Galenea, and Avaxia Biologics. Mike also served as Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at the University of Massachusetts where he established a system-wide technology transfer program while supporting all technology transfer activities. Most recently, Mike held the position of General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate Development at Avaxia Biologics, an angel-funded, clinical-stage biotechnology company developing antibodies for gastrointestinal diseases. Mike began his career at the law firm of Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord) in Boston. Mike is credited with 50+ business transactions, including licenses, collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, public and private financings, and university-industry technology transfer agreements. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and a juris doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from UCLA School of Law, where he also served as an Articles Editor for the UCLA Law Review. Mike is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.