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Kathleen Shay, Esq.

Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Ms. Shay has been a director of the Science Center since 2015. She concentrates her practice in the areas of business law and finance, securities regulation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Ms. Shay serves as outside counsel to a significant number of emerging growth companies in the life science and technology fields and represents venture capital investors in their investments in these emerging companies. Ms. Shay's representation ranges from structuring and organizing start‐up companies through structuring and negotiating venture capital and other financings, licensing transactions and strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. She works proactively and collaboratively with clients' managements and boards of directors to coordinate and oversee clients' legal needs and their integration with operations and business initiatives.

Ms. Shay serves on the Board of Directors of Life Sciences Pennsylvania and the Board of Consultors of Villanova Law School, and she is a Director Emeritus of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and a Trustee Emeritus of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur. She previously served as a director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and she is a past Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee. Ms. Shay is an Advisory Board member and former director of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), and has served as AWE’s counsel since its inception.

A frequent lecturer, she received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.