Sara is a qualified UK and European patent attorney specialising in the biotechnology field, particularly in synthetic biology, with extensive experience in prosecuting and drafting patent specifications across a range of technologies.
Having had a previous academic career largely based at the University of Nottingham and with a PhD in engineering artificial yeast chromosomes, 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. Sara is a keen synthetic biology advocate and is interested in seeing what biotech can do beyond therapeutics.
After a short time at the University of Sheffield, Sara worked for seven years as a postdoctoral research fellow. Most of her postdoc 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.
Sara has also been involved in a number of oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.