BSc (Hons), PhD, EPA. UK Registered Patent Attorney. Sara is a qualified European Patent Attorney specialising in the biotechnology field with four years’ experience in prosecuting and drafting patent specifications across a range of technologies including antibody technology, PCR-based diagnostics, biomarkers and medical devices. Sara has also been involved in a number of oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.
Sara has a particular focus on intellectual property arising from higher education institutes and has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a number of Universities across Europe.
Sara studied Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Nottingham before completing her PhD in genetics at the same institution, investigating the sequence requirements for a functional centromere in the yeast S pombe.
After a short time at the University of Sheffield she returned to Nottingham and 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-sulfur 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 was awarded the Chris Gibson prize for obtaining the highest mark in the English Law exam and was the CIPA Informals East Midlands secretary for a number of years.