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Job title
Patent Counsel, Biotechnology - Stevenage
Description

New Appointment – ‘Make a difference every day’

Patent Counsel, Biotechnology - Stevenage

Freeline® is a clinical-stage biotech company focused on the development and commercialisation of gene therapies based on a next-generation AAV gene therapy platform developed by Professor Amit Nathwani. The company is rapidly advancing several programs simultaneously by building a state-of-the- art manufacturing platform for AAV.

Established and funded by Syncona, Freeline is based at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC) just north of London and also has facilities in Munich, Germany. The SBC is a national and European hub of cell and gene therapy development, and the Catapult Cell and Gene Therapy manufacturing facility recently opened on site.

The ambition of the growing company and the pace of activities in an intensely competitive field have given rise to this appointment of a second in-house patent attorney, to be based in Stevenage. This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercially-oriented attorney to join and make a real impact every day at a critical period in the company’s trajectory, in one of the hottest fields in medicine. In doing so the successful candidate will gain a first-hand insight into the workings of a 21st-century biotech company and become an expert in patenting cutting-edge gene therapies. The candidate will be exposed to all facets of in-house practice and will be empowered with substantial autonomy and responsibility.

The Role – the candidate will:

  • Be the second member of the IP Department, reporting to the Director of IP.
  • Liaise closely with the R&D and project teams and collaborators to identify potentially patentable subject-matter.
  • Have a critical role in building the company’s patent portfolio; draft and prosecute applications and be involved with their defence at opposition stage and beyond.
  • Evaluate FTO of the company’s activities.
  • Work with outside patent and legal counsel on prosecution, advisory and contentious matters.
  • Assist the Director of IP in areas such as devising and implementing internal IP processes; corporate and investment-related activities; internal education and training.

The candidate will:

  • Possess an excellent first degree in a biotechnology-related discipline; a PhD is advantageous.
  • Be a qualified EPA and CPA working as a biotech/life science attorney with direct client experience, preferably with some ‘in-house’ experience.
  • Be proficient at drafting and prosecution; opposition/ contentious experience and opinion work is advantageous.
  • Be commercial in mindset and personable in nature; enjoy interacting with the business and varied stakeholders.
  • Be hard-working and proactive, willing to take ownership for areas of responsibility, and comfortable working in a dynamic, agile and un-bureaucratic environment.
  • Be motivated by the prospect of being part of a highly talented multi-disciplinary group all pulling together to overcome the challenges to realising the company’s ambition.

APPLICATIONS: Please contact Marlow IP Recruitment Ltd on either +44 (0)1423 522838 or (0)203 0512123 or alternatively email your CV to Graham Marlow, Managing Director quoting reference number 2085; graham@marlowiprecruit.com.

All third-party applications will be forwarded to Marlow IP Recruitment for assessment.

Posted date
11 May 2018
Contact
Marlow IP Recruitment Ltd
Company Details
Freeline® is a clinical-stage biotech company focused on the development and commercialisation of gene therapies based on a next-generation AAV gene therapy platform developed by Professor Amit Nathwani. The company is rapidly advancing several programs simultaneously by building a state-of-the- art manufacturing platform for AAV.
Telephone
+44 (0)1423 522838
Location
  • UK: East of England
  • UK: South East