Client: Freeline Therapeutics
REF: 21060

Founded in 2015, Freeline Therapeutics is a leading biotechnology company focused on innovative liver directed gene therapies for bleeding disorders and other debilitating, chronic diseases.

The company’s technology builds upon the work of founder and Director, Amit Nathwani, Professor of Haematology at UCL. Its ambitious vision is to create better lives for people suffering from chronic, debilitating disease by developing functional cures for a wide range of liver-based diseases which have previously been underserved and incurable.

In August 2020, Freeline Therapeutics Holdings PLC has announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) to list on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Freeline is at the cutting edge of research and development within these fields of study and for a company of its size they invest uncharacteristically heavily into IP.

Innovation shapes Freeline’s strategies and is firmly embedded within its culture and strategy. As a consequence, IP enjoys a high profile and is acknowledged as being of paramount importance to the company’s continued commercial success. The IP function adds value at every stage, from discovery to realisation, forging in the process effective working relationships with the relevant commercial and research personnel.

The objective of the Senior Patent Counsel position is to develop IP strategies for Freeline’s technical discoveries that will secure the company’s position as leader, maximising returns on R&D investment. This will entail working closely with the R&D team at the Munich site, including the Chief Technology Officer, and will include senior scientific and commercial management in developing IP strategy and in turn harvesting inventions to successfully capture market opportunities.

THE CANDIDATE

The successful candidate will need to have intellectual ability, integrity, a high level of commercial awareness and professionalism, and the drive to excel both as an attorney and an advocate.

The candidate will ideally:

  • Possess a good honours or higher degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology or related discipline from a well-regarded university;
  • Be qualified as a European Patent Attorney, preferably with a minimum of five years’ PQE;
  • Possess IP management within the context of the overall strategic objectives of a company;
  • Be able to demonstrate a successful career record, in an in-house patent department, however those from either private practice/law firm will be considered;
  • Possess excellent client management/service skills and portfolio management experience are highly desirable;
  • Be a confident communicator in German and English, with excellent diplomatic skills, coupled with good interpersonal skills, to operate effectively at all levels as a key member of the IP team;
  • Be comfortable in accepting responsibility and happy to take the initiative with internal clients and R&D projects.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Julian Adamson

Partner

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