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Ashley M. Cowie, Ph.D.*

Patent Scientist

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Ashley is an experienced patent scientist and former biomedical researcher who assists Michael Best attorneys with patent preparation and prosecution for new biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals, and other life sciences inventions.

She earned her Ph.D. in the area of cell biology, neurobiology, and anatomy, with a focus in neuroimmunology and broad experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, electrophysiology, cell culture, animal models, and surgical techniques. While pursuing her Ph.D., Ashley spent nearly five years leading and managing pre-clinical neuroimmunology research projects aimed at the discovery of novel therapeutic strategies for pain disorders. Her graduate studies were supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health that focused on the sensory neuron inflammasome and its role in postoperative pain.

During her graduate studies, Ashley served as a Technology Transfer intern at the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin for more than two years, where she gained considerable experience with invention evaluation, prior art searching, patentability analysis, and patent drafting strategies. Ashley later completed Michael Best’s EDGE internship program before joining the firm as a patent scientist.

Honors & Recognitions

  • National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirchstein Predoctoral Fellowship Grant F31GM123778, 2017-2019
  • First-place Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2019

Professional Activities

  • Former Leadership Team Member, Wisconsin Licensing Executives Society



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