Sara is a qualified UK and European patent attorney specialising in the biotechnology field with extensive experience in prosecuting and drafting patent specifications across a range of technologies.
Sara has also been involved in a number of oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.
Having had a previous academic career largely based at the University of Nottingham, Sara has a particular focus on intellectual property arising from higher education institutions and spinouts and has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a number of start-ups and universities across Europe.
After a short time at the University of Sheffield, Sara worked for seven years as a postdoctoral research fellow. Most of her work involved investigating mechanisms of metal toxicity in the budding yeast S. cerevisiae which entailed work on many aspects of fundamental biology such as the cytoskeleton, endocytosis, iron-sulphur cluster synthesis and mRNA translation. Other work resulted in the identification of phenotypic heterogeneity in isolates of wild yeast along with a new yeast species.