Peter Tu is currently Vice President, Legal, for moksha8 Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products in the emerging markets. In that capacity, Mr. Tu heads up the global legal function.
Prior to joining moksha8, Mr. Tu was Senior Director of Intellectual Property for Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a start-up pharmaceutical company headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Vitae, Mr. Tu was Associate General Counsel and Senior Director of Intellectual Property for Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Savient, Mr. Tu was Senior Counsel and Global Licensing Attorney for Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., where he was responsible for pharmaceutical licensing, patent prosecution and counseling management on patent and intellectual property issues. Prior to joining Roche, Mr. Tu was in-house patent counsel and Director of Intellectual Property for Physiome Sciences, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, where he was responsible for managing Physiome’s patent portfolio and for counseling management on patent and intellectual property issues.
Prior to joining Physiome, Mr. Tu was a senior associate in the Patent Litigation and Counseling Group in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. While at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Mr. Tu specialized in patent litigation and prosecution, intellectual property licensing, antitrust and false advertising law. Prior to Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Mr. Tu served as a law clerk for Justice Stewart G. Pollock (NJ Supreme Court) and later for Judge Leonard I. Garth (Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit).
Mr. Tu graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall Law School, where he served as the Symposium Editor for the Seton Hall Law Review. Mr. Tu also received an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University and bachelors degrees in chemical engineering and biology from MIT.
Mr. Tu is active in various bar associations and civic organizations. Mr. Tu currently serves as a trustee for the Middlesex County Bar Association, and previously served as a trustee for the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and the ACLU of New Jersey. Mr. Tu also served for six years as a trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA); he has also served as Chair of the NJSBA Minorities in the Profession Section, Chair of the NJSBA Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Profiling and Chair of the NJSBA On-Line Legal Research Committee, and is a member of several NJSBA sections and committees, including the Legislative Committee, Internet and Computer-Related Law Committee, the Intellectual Property Section, and the Diversity Committee. Mr. Tu served for three years as the NJSBA’s representative on the Board of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).
Mr. Tu is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union (where he serves on the Board of the New Jersey affiliate), Chinese Alumni of MIT (where he served as General Counsel), and the MIT Educational Council.