Alison Slaughter, Ph.D.

Patent Agent


Alison is a patent agent with more than six years of industrial and academic research experience in biology and chemistry. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 and her Ph.D. in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry in 2015. Alison’s doctoral research focused on the mechanism of action of preclinical HIV-1 inhibitors and the rational design of second-generation inhibitors.

Scott E. Allen, Ph.D.

Patent Agent



Scott comes from a background of nine years in academic organic chemistry and chemical biology laboratories. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Scott’s graduate research focused on the computational modeling of organocatalytic processes and the development of methodologies for the asymmetric oxidative dimerization of phenols. Scott is a first author on an number of scientific publications, including an intensive review on copper-mediated oxidative organic chemistry. Following his graduate studies, Scott received postdoctoral training at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he used molecular dynamics and docking simulations to examine sequence-dependent secondary structure effects in bioengineered natural products.


In his position at Riverside, Scott supports the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as patentability and freedom-to-operate reviews, in the field of chemistry, including organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), pharmaceutical formulations, and biochemistry.

Alicia M. Fraind, Ph.D.

Patent Agent



Alicia is a patent agent with research experience in both organic chemistry and biochemistry.  Alicia holds two bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and molecular biology from Towson University, and earned her Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.  Alicia’s graduate research at JHU focused on the study of charge transport in organic conducting polymers.  After receiving her doctorate, Alicia completed a postdoctoral position at the University of Virginia where she studied the interaction between synaptotagmin and SNARE proteins to elucidate the role that these proteins play in the docking of vesicles to the presynaptic membrane of neurons. 

Alicia has also worked several years as a professional patent searcher focused on chemical patent searching, including a position at the USPTO where she worked for the Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) that supports USPTO Examiners in chemistry and chemical engineering.  During her time as a patent searcher, Alicia gained extensive experience performing text and chemical structure searches using CAS STN.


Dominika Lastovickova, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor



Dominika is a scientific advisor with research experience in organic, polymer, and materials chemistry. Dominika received two bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Dominika’s graduate research focused on small molecule activation using isolable carbenes and the development of novel redox-switchable catalysts for externally-controlled polymerizations and other chemical reactions. Dominika also performed a portion of her thesis work at UNIST in South Korea as a visiting researcher.


After receiving her doctorate, Dominika was an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at U.S. Army Research Laboratory where she worked on the synthesis of robust 2D polymers as well as bio-based materials for stereolithography 3D printing. Dominika also conducted a summer internship at the University of North Carolina Office of Commercialization and Economic Development.

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