With a background in intellectual property and technology company development, Mr. Schaefer is a consultant and advisor to early stage medical technology companies and in that role helps his clients in all aspects of their business and technology development. Previously, he was a principal at Fish & Richardson PC in its Minneapolis office, where he served large and small technology companies for 22 years and chaired the firm’s medical device practice group. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota (1992) and has additional degrees in electrical engineering (University of Kentucky, 1985) and engineering management (University of Dayton, 1995). Mr. Schaefer’s expertise includes patent portfolio strategy, development and enforcement, with the benefit of having worked as a full-time patent litigator early in his legal career. He also has a strong background in corporate finance and fundraising, where he has considerable experience representing venture groups with their investments.