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About S. Leslie Misrock
The Misrock Foundation

“Just Live”

Leslie Misrock placed his life and his health at the center of his work. He loved life, but he believed in what he was doing – so much that he bet his life upon it. And he shared with the world all that could be learned from studying his unique fight with prostate cancer.

His mastery of the field of prostate cancer research was legendary, as was his generosity with his knowledge. He educated, informed, and encouraged countless men who credit him with their survival. “It was his guidance that allowed me to live.”

But the single most important piece of advice he shared was the simple declaration that allowed him to endure prostate cancer longer than anyone: Just Live.

There will be pain. Endure it. There will be indignities. Suffer them. There will be frustration and disappointment and fear. Tolerate it. Do whatever you must – But live. He took the words of Winston Churchill to heart as his own: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never...”

Live, so that each advance each advance might see you to the next.

Leslie Misrock pushed the science of prostate cancer research. And he pushed his body to endure so that he could survive until the next innovation. In this way, leapfrogging from one breakthrough to the next, Leslie Misrock lived with prostate cancer for nearly 30 years.

At the time of his death in 2001, he was by some accounts, the longest surviving prostate cancer patient in the world, having battled the disease for 27 years. And while it is not uncommon to refer to a patient “battling” cancer, Leslie Misrock took that literally. He dedicated his life to defeating not just the cancer in his own body, but prostate cancer entirely. For Leslie Misrock was no ordinary prostate cancer patient. He was also a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and biotechnology patent law, and a scientist at the vanguard of prostate cancer research.

This unique perspective allowed him to understand prostate cancer with an intimacy way no researcher could match, and with a command of the science no other patient could hope to achieve.

The Misrock Foundation was established so that Leslie Misrock’s unique perspective and vision would continue after him. The Foundation’s mission is to continue the work of his life – To defeat prostate cancer, and by extension, all cancers, through innovation, experimentation, and education. To help create the innovation that could lead to the innovation that will lead to the end of prostate cancer.

Mr. Misrock was a partner of the law firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP, a New York-based intellectual property firm, since 1961 and a senior partner since 1970. He was a member of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Biology and Chemistry at MIT, the Association for the Cure of Prostate Cancer (CaP CURE), the Board of Visitors of Fordham Law School, the Health Sciences Board of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Mr. Misrock served on numerous corporate boards, and lent his expertise and vision to both established companies, and start-ups.

He was a Director of Cytogen Corporation, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, as well as a director of several privately held biotechnology and medical informatics companies. Mr. Misrock held an S.B. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an A.M. in Chemistry from Columbia University and an L.L.B. degree from Fordham University.

Mr. Misrock was the first to recognize the potential for the convergence of science and the law within Intellectual Property Legal practice, and he was a pioneer in bringing scientists into the law. He was responsible for much of the precedent underlying Intellectual Property in the field of biotechnology, thus supporting the creation and development of the Life Sciences sector in biotechnology.

His avid support of women in science and in the law is considered by some to be the very reason for the large number of women in biotechnology patent law.

Leslie Misrock was a true renaissance man, unencumbered by narrow definitions and limitations, open to all possibilities, endlessly curious, with the confidence that comes from examining a problem from multiple perspectives.

Today, through the work of the Misrock Foundation, Leslie Misrock’s commitment endures. As do his passion, his spirit, and his love of discovery.


He leaves behind his two daughters, Kathy Misrock, and Victoria Misrock, who continue the work to which their father dedicated his life.

Legal Education:

Fordham University School of Law (LL.B., 1959)

Advanced Degrees:

Columbia University (A.M., Chemistry, 1956)
Niagara University (Sc.D.h.c., 1987)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., Chemistry, 1955)

State Bar Admissions:

New York 1960

Professional Affiliations:

Visiting Committee, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
Visiting Committee, Department of Chemistry, Harvard University, 1987
Prostate Cancer Task Force, American Cancer Society, 1989
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Society of Microbiology
Fellow: American Institute of Chemists
Fellow: Royal Chemical Society, London

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