Dr Nienke Lubben

Patent Attorney

Nienke graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Leicester and was awarded the Graduate of the Year Prize for obtaining the highest degree mark in her class. After graduating, Nienke worked for two years as an industrial research scientist in the Biotechnology sector.

Nienke returned to academia to obtain a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research focused on the cellular mechanisms used by HIV-1 Nef to evade the host immune system and led to three publications. Her PhD project involved a wide range of techniques including cell culture, flow cytometry, cloning, protein expression and immunofluorescence. She has carried out academic research in the fields of medical genetics, cell cycle regulation, biochemistry and cell biology.

Nienke joined the York office of HGF in January 2011 having previously worked for another large private practice since November 2007. She qualified as a Patent Attorney in 2012 and was awarded the Strode Prize for obtaining the highest mark in the final law exam, P2. She also holds a post-graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property law from Queen Mary, University of London, obtained with distinction. Nienke’s experience includes patent drafting, GB and European prosecution, providing freedom to operate opinions, and advising on patent strategy. Her professional interests lie in the fields of biotechnology and life sciences.