P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Alexander Akhiezer, 1999

Partner, Foley Hoag's Intellectual Property Department

Alexander Akhiezer is an immigrant from Ukraine

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Alexander Akhiezer is a partner in Foley Hoag's Intellectual Property Department, where his primary focus is on emergent technologies that operate at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and physics. He is based in Newton, Massachusetts.

Alex’s practice encompasses patent life cycle management and IP development for venture capital-backed start-ups. He has participated in corporate acquisitions, drafted and negotiated portfolio license agreements, and prepared opinions of counsel on matters of infringement and validity. 

Alex’s practice concentrates on quantum computing, photonics, medical imaging, and computational chemistry. Alex assisted MIT with obtaining patents that earned its inventors, including Prof. James Fujimoto, the 2017 European Inventor Award, presented by the European Patent Office.

Alex was born in the Ukraine. He studied physics at Kharkov University, Ukraine, and biochemistry at New York University. 

In 1997, Alex began working on his doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his doctorate, Alex worked on the development of novel immunosuppressive compounds to aid in organ transplantation at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT, and, at the MIT Laboratory for Molecular Science, employed mathematical tools for the optimization of lead compounds in commercial drug development. He received his PhD in computational and biological chemistry in 2002 and his JD at Suffolk School of Law in 2007. Soon after, he joined Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds as a patent attorney.

  • JD Law | Suffolk University 2007
  • PhD Chemistry | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2002
  • BA Biochemistry | New York University (NYU) 1996
Work History
  • Foley Hoag's Intellectual Property Department, Partner
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