Technical Assistant

Rachel Lanigan-Mills

MChem PhD

Rachel is a part-qualified patent attorney following completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary in early 2019. She is part of our first intake of technical assistants, starting with Patent Boutique in late 2017. She joined after carrying out postdoctoral research at The Institute of Cancer Research, where she was a key member of the medicinal chemistry team in a collaborative drug discovery effort to identify a chemical probe for an epigenetic protein family. Before joining the ICR Rachel also completed a short postdoctoral post at University College London researching a novel class of antimicrobials.

Prior to carrying out postdoctoral research, Rachel gained a first class MChem degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at University College London. Her PhD research focused on developing an efficient, environmentally benign reagent for amidation reactions. Rachel has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on her work at both UCL and the ICR. Her areas of knowledge include organic chemistry, catalysis, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceuticals, cancer therapeutics and epigenetics.

Since joining Patent Boutique, Rachel has gained experience working with clients ranging from sole inventors to multinational corporations. She works on the prosecution of patent applications at the UKIPO and EPO, along with assisting in global prosecution work and has experience in opposition proceedings.