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.
Following her graduation majoring in chemistry and biochemistry, Debra completed an Honours degree exploring the immunology of parasites, including Onchocerciasis infections. She then joined the Departments of Virology and Nutrition in the Tropical Veterinary Science Department at James Cook University.
Debra completed her PhD in Biochemistry after working on oxygen radical generation in immune cells in the presence of organochlorine pesticides where she conducted research to identify the reactive cells and the mechanisms of oxygen radical generation in those cells. She completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, focussing on molecular mechanisms in cancer cells and explored the use of antisense in cancer therapeutics.
Debra’s current clients include universities, research institutes actively involved in cancer and stem cell research, as well as small biotech companies. She specialises in biochemistry, cell biology, stem cell biology, immunology, oncology, cell therapeutics, diagnostics, biomarkers, microbiology and cell culture technologies.
Melbourne, Geelong, Regional Victoria, Sydney, Regional NSW