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Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London; D.Phil Molecular Biophysics; BA (Hons) Physics (Oxford).
Andrea is a technical expert in a very broad range of biotechnology, having had twenty five years experience in Life Sciences research. Andrea spent some time shadowing in a patent department at a multinational pharmaceutical company, before joining Avidity IP. She has experience of European prosecution of patents for a range of clients. She has worked on Oppositions from the perspective of the patentee and opponent and has acted an assistant at the EPO Board of Appeal in Munich.
Andrea has technical experience in areas from viruses to pharmaceuticals, molecular biology to crystallography, from biosynthesis of antibiotics to biodegradation of oil pollution. Starting with a Physics degree, followed by a Molecular Biophysics PhD, Andrea pursued a career in research, spending four years in the United States, returning to the UK to become a tenured Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry. She set up a small scientific consultancy business Xtalsolutions, before working full time as a senior scientist in drug discovery and lead development at Evotec.
Andrea has therefore worked in-house on research projects ranging from MOD projects to drug design, run a University Research group and work in research for a start-up company, and has an understanding of the process of technology transfer from both sides as well as a working knowledge of a very broad range of technologies.