Neither Stephen Maebius nor Angela Belcher can quite recall their first meeting. “I think we both had Miss Sweeney for second grade,” Belcher muses.

Maebius and Belcher both went to Cambridge Elementary School in San Antonio. She grew up to become a professor of materials science and biological engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Maebius became a partner in Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C., office, where he specializes in prosecuting biology and nanotechnology-related patents.