Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Ghabrial worked as a manager of intellectual property at Johnson & Johnson. During this time, he trained engineers on the patent process and conducted company wide educational seminars on innovation protection. He also managed a review committee for assessing invention disclosures. His work also included monitoring competitors’ IP activities, developing blocking strategies, providing support for licensing and acquisition opportunities, working with business and marketing leaders to identify and protect areas of strategic value, and managing a software application for recording and tracking invention disclosures. As an engineer Mr. Ghabrial worked on designing medical devices for minimally invasive procedures, developing implantable devices for transplantation of therapeutic cells, and designing biocompatible vehicles for delivering pharmaceutical agents. He also worked for several years in stem cell research, particularly on differentiating stem cells into mature Beta cells, and researching transplantation of differentiated stem cells. Mr. Ghabrial is a named inventor on more than 20 patents/applications in the United States including methods for seeding cells onto a supporting structure for transplantation into a patient (US8017395 ), compositions and methods to create a vascularized environment for cellular transplantation (US 2007/0122448), and devices for endoscopic therapeutic cell delivery (US 2008/0039776).