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Patent Counsel

Stevenage, UK

Patent Counsel

The Opportunity

Freeline® is a clinical – stage biotech company focused on the development and commercialisation of gene therapies for bleeding and other debilitating disorders based on a next-generation AAV gene therapy platform developed by Amit Nathwani, Professor of Haematology at UCL and CSO of Freeline.

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 will open there later this year.

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 working of a 21st-century biotech company and become an expert in patenting cutting-edge gene therapies.

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 analysis 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.

Professional Qualities

The candidate will:

  • Possess an excellent first-degree in a biotechnology – related discipline; a PhD is advantageous.
  • Be a qualified EPA 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 mind set and personable in nature; enjoy interacting with the business and varied stakeholders.
  • Be hard-working and proactive, willing to take ownership for areas of responsibilities, and comfortable working in a dynamic, agile and un-bureaucratic environment.
  • Be motivated by the prospect of being part of a highly talented multidisciplinary group all pulling together to overcome the challenges to realising the company’s ambition.

We are working in collaboration with Graham Marlow on this appointment. If you are interested to consider the position further, please contact Kieron Wright on +44 (0)113 3910862 (kieron@mwaip.com) or Graham Marlow on +44 (0) 1423 522838 (graham@marlowiprecruit.com). All third-party applications will be forwarded to our offices for assessment.

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