Panelist Profile


Manisha A. Desai

UCB Pharma, Associate General Patent Counsel (US)


Manisha A. Desai is Associate General Patent Counsel at UCB Biopharma SPRL, based in Brussels. She has 20 years of experience in the procurement and enforcement of patents worldwide.  In addition to speaking on IP matters at national and international meetings, Manisha has represented various industry organizations during multilateral negotiations in the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Manisha conducted neuroscience research for 10 years before obtaining a law degree from Indiana University School of Law.  She obtained a PhD in pharmacology from Emory University, and a BA in chemistry, with a minor in Russian, from Duke University.