Tom is a part-qualified patent attorney following completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University, in which he gained a distinction. Tom joined Patent Boutique in 2020 after gaining a first class MSci degree in Natural Sciences with Professional Placement from the University of Bath. Since joining, he has gained experience with patent prosecution and opposition proceedings and has assisted with due diligence and freedom to operate exercises. He has worked on a variety of technologies, including nucleic acid sequencing, CRISPR genome editing, biological therapeutics and lipid nanoparticle formulations.
During his wide-ranging MSci, Tom studied organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry, neuroscience, genetics and bioinformatics. His dissertation, which focused on identifying potential antimicrobial peptides from Staphylococcus and Campylobacter, further developed his bioinformatics knowledge.
While completing his degree, Tom spent his professional placement at a fast growing and innovative pharmaceutical company. During this time he gained experience of industrial manufacturing processes and R&D, which sparked his interest in intellectual property law.