Nicole R. Sullivan, Ph.D.


New York
Business Phone: 212.704.6104
Business Fax: 212.704.6388


Nicole R. Sullivan, Ph.D., is an associate in the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP and is based in the Firm’s New York office. She focuses her practice on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, bioengineering and molecular biology fields.

Nicole focuses her practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, bioengineering and molecular biology fields. She assists with patent due diligence, opinion letters, patentability assessments, inter partes reexaminations and patent litigation.

After completing her doctoral work, where she was awarded a PhRMA Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship to examine agonist- and antagonist-induced desensitization of the 5-HT2A receptor, Nicole completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Loyola Medical School investigating the regulation of the 5-HT1A receptor by estrogen and fluoxetine. Additionally, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where she worked to determine the ectopic ligand binding site of the M1 muscarinic receptor using point and deletion mutational analysis.

Prior to becoming a patent agent, Nicole was a scientific advisor at an international patent law firm and a senior research scientist at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where she worked in research and development in the Department of Pain’s Molecular Pharmacology Group. In this position, she served as a program leader for two drug discovery targets.

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2013-present
  • Patent Agent, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2012-2013
  • Patent Agent, McDermott Will & Emery, 2009-2012
  • Scientific Advisor, Darby & Darby, 2007-2009



  • Fordham University, J.D., 2012
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Ph.D., Pharmacology, 2001
  • Baylor University, B.S., 1994

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office