Julian Hitchcock

Julian has specialised in advising life sciences clients since he qualified as a solicitor in 1998, following an education in medicine at the University of Birmingham and a BBC career. Julian has a particular focus on life science intellectual property and regulation. He was awarded the University of Bristol diploma in intellectual property law and practice in 2000, and conducted biomedical patent litigation on behalf of major clients in Australia and the UK before moving to more transactional and policy-driven work, notably in connection with the regulation of stem cells and genetics.

Julian’s deep involvement in the life science sector gives him a unique grasp of the sector's technologies and commercial imperatives. He advises on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning medicinal products (pharmaceutical, immunological, biological, genetic or cellular), medical devices, stem cells, and genomic technologies.

Julian has held a number of life science roles in parallel with his legal career. He was previously Executive Director of the East of England Stem Cell Network, intellectual property representative on the UK National Stem Cell Network's commercialisation committee, a founder of the CellFate regenerative medicine network, an Associate of the PHG Foundation and a Research Fellow with the Global Biopolitics Research Group at King's College, London. He has a long association with the Judge Business School and Bioscience Enterprise course at the University of Cambridge, where he lectures on regenerative medicine and intellectual property law, mentoring MBA students, and co-founding a summer school in life science enterprise.


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