PhD, BSc (Hons), Student member of CIPA, Student member of EPI
Fiona is a Patent Assistant specialising in the life sciences, with experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications concerning antibody technology, oncology, personalised medicine, immunotherapy, protein stability, assay technologies, industrial enzymes and biochemistry.
In addition to assisting patent prosecution before the European Patent Office, Fiona has also assisted the prosecution of several global patent portfolios, including applications in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan and the US.
She also has experience in patent oppositions and freedom to operate exercises.
Fiona obtained a first class honours degree in Biochemistry from The University of Nottingham before completing a PhD in Biochemistry and Genetics at the same institution. Her doctoral thesis was focused on the regulation and localisation of DEF6, a Rho family guanine nucleotide exchange factor in T cell signalling.
Following the completion of her PhD, Fiona worked for five years as a post-doctoral research associate at The University of Leicester on a CRUK funded project investigating how mutant versions of oncogenic BRAF initiate and drive human cancer development. This work involved transgenic mouse models, proteomics, fluorescence microscopy, protein biochemistry and analysis of human tumour samples to identify novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers for oncogenic BRAF-driven cancers.
Fiona joined Potter Clarkson in June 2016 and works in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals team.
In her spare time, Fiona enjoys yoga.