TLS's People

President: Michael A. Hertzberg
Michael A. Hertzberg is the President and founder of TLS. Mr. Hertzberg has practiced International Trade law in Washington, DC since 1970. Mr. Hertzberg has represented American, Japanese, European, Canadian, Korean, Chinese, Australian, Mexican, and Latin American clients with regard to international trade and import and export issues. Involved industries include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, computers and software, steel, automotive, agricultural products, heavy industry and general merchandise. Mr. Hertzberg taught International Economic Law at the National Law Center of George Washington University and was on the Advisory Board of the American University International Master of Laws Program. Mr. Hertzberg is also a Partner of Howrey Simon Arnold & White, a major American law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Hertzberg is a co-founder of Nautilus Group Japan, Ltd., the Japanese importer and distributor of Nautilus fitness equipment and the Master Franchiser for Nautilus in Japan. He is also a co-founder of Replicon, Inc. a developer of DNA rolling circle amplification technology. Mr. Hertzberg serves on the Advisory Board of the Dinner Club, a Washington, D.C. angel investment group on the Organizing Committee of First Tuesday
Washington, an international technology networking organization, and on the Board of Directors of Bio FX Corporation, a manufacturer of immuno detection chemistries that include colorimetric and chemiluminescent formulations.

Vice President & Japan Representitive: Dr. Hiroshi Nakayoshi
Hiroshi Nakayoshi is the TLS Representative in Japan. Dr. Nakayoshi is a thirty year veteran of the Japanese Pharmaceutical Industry serving as a Director of Nomura's Life Sciences Group and as the Japanese Representative of a major U.S Global Contract Research Organization. Dr. Nakayoshi is fluent in Japanese and English having completed Post Doctoral work in Microbiology at UCLA. Dr. Nakayoshi has a B.S. in Applied Microbiology, from the Tokyo University of Education and a Ph.D. in Medical Science from the University of Tokyo.

TLS also has a very active Advisory Board that includes:

Dr. Jeffrey Auerbach
Dr. Auerbach is a biotechnology patent attorney with the Liniak, Beranato, Longacre and White Law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is in the center of Maryland's biotech industry. Dr. Auerbach's practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to molecular biology, genetics, therapeutics, diagnostics and bioinformatics and on the enforcement and exploitation of patent rights. Dr. Auerbach is a co-founder of Replicon Inc. and an inventor of isothermal “rolling circle” DNA amplification technologies in diagnostics, genomics and therapeutics. Dr. Auerbach is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Auerbach has also served as a research scientist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the National Cancer Institute, at W. R. Grace & Company and at Smith Kline & French Laboratories.

Dr. Richard Rubin
Dr. Richard Rubin is a leading Washington D.C. area cardiologist who also acts as an entrepreneur and consultant to biotech and medical products companies. Dr. Rubin is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rubin is a member of the Board of Cylex Inc. and serves on the Medical or Physician Advisory Boards of Emergency Filtration Products, Inc., Biotech 21, and Health Cost Consultants, Inc.

Michael Songer, Esq.
Michael Songer is a patent attorney who specializes in information technology, internet and electronic Intellectual Property. Mr. Songer is a partner with Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. He also teaches Internet Law at the Georgetown University Law School. Mr. Songer is a graduate of Notre Dame University and the Duke University Law School.