Deb Yin Foo on the panel at the 7th annual Women in Biotechnology luncheon

Watch out Oprah! On Friday 22 May, POF Partner Deb Yin Foo took part in the panel at the Connecting Women in Biotechnology luncheon held at Melbourne’s iconic Myer Mural Hall. Now in its seventh year, the luncheon is designed to connect women and celebrate Australia’s most innovative industries. POF is proud to be a founding sponsor of this event.

Joining Deb on the panel was valued POF client Nina Webster of Acrux. In front of 400 plus guests, Deb and Nina were asked a series to tricky questions and shared insights about their careers while ‘on the couch’ with Dr Krystal Evans, CEO of BioMelbourne. One of the many insights Deb shared with the panel was that it’s important to work collaboratively, and if you don’t know the answer to something, just ask. Deb said she has found that working as part of a team at Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick is incredibly rewarding, and that that if you ever need assistance, someone will always be on hand to help.

Connecting Women in Biotechnology continues to attract guests and speakers from global organisations as well as some of Australia’s biggest biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. In addition to networking, the event also raised over $10,300 for the charity, St Kilda Mums.

Congratulations to Deb and Nina and everyone else who was involved!



Debra Yin Foo, Partner

Dr Debra Yin Foo, Former POF Attorney


Debra has over 27 years’ experience in patents and trade marks. Her practice includes advising clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical and medical industries concentrating on management, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. This includes drafting of applications, prosecution and all aspects of litigation ensuring adequate protection for the client.