Practice Areas



  • Patent Agent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2001


University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 1982

Bucknell University, B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, 1975

Photo of Sandra L. Shaner, Ph.D.

Sandra L. Shaner, Ph.D.

Senior Patent Agent
860.286.2929, ext. 1193

Sandra Shaner concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food science, and material science. She has extensive experience in patent application preparation, domestic and international prosecution, and patent searching. Sandy has prepared and prosecuted patent applications involving pharmaceutical compositions and formulations, medical treatments and diagnostic methods, imaging technologies, biologics, immunotherapy, antibody technology, gene therapy, nucleic acid and amino acid sequences, and pharmacogenomics. She has experience preparing patentability opinions and patent landscape reports, and has also been involved in opinion and due diligence work relating to pharmaceuticals, biologics, and diagnostics.

Experience Highlights

Senior Patent Agent, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2016-present

Patent Agent, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2004-2015

Senior Patent Agent, Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New Haven, CT, 2000-2004

Principal, SLS Consulting, New Haven, CT, 1999-2000

  • Consultant in biophysical chemistry, experimental design and analysis, writing and editing

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Wayne State University, in Detroit, MI, 1990-1997

Associate Research Scientist, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Department of Human Genetics, 1982-1990

Representative Matters

  • US 9,623,066  Compositions and Methods to Inhibit Kidney Stone Growth
  • US 9,499,843  Method of producing oil from a microorganism
  • US 9,469,670  Polypeptide libraries with a predetermined scaffold
  • US 9,399,672  Hepatitis C virus neutralizing antibody 
  • US 9,310, 384  Feline bitter taste receptors and methods
  • US 9,279,770  Mid-infrared imaging of microarrays 
  • US 9,222,076  Process for the production of patches or dressings of autologous skin through cultivation of autologous keratinocytes and fibroblasts with autologous serum for the generation of skin
  • US 9,006,148  Methods using a progressive cavity pump bioreactor
  • US 8,673,325  Cosmetic compositions comprising EPA and salicylic acid and methods of making and using same
  • US 8,415, 396  Colchicine compositions and methods
  • US 7,417,138  PNA chip for determining genotypes of mycobacterial species using plastic substrate coated with epoxy group-containing polymer and method of determining genotypes of mycobacterial species using the PNA chip
  • US 7,122,566  Metaxalone products, method of manufacture and method of use
  • WO2017/004504  Membrane and droplet-interface bilayer systems and methods 
  • WO2017/096106 Fluorescent Nanodiamonds as Fiducial Markers for Microscopy and Fluorescence Imaging



Professional Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Chemical Society

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)