Dr Farzana Miah
Trainee Patent Attorney
Farzana graduated with a Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she specialised in plant sciences and her final year research project focused on rioboswitches in uni-cellular algae. During this time, she was also awarded a Nuffield Foundation Scholarship to conduct research on the subject of plant-aphid interactions at Imperial College London.
Farzana's initial interest in innovation began when she interviewed entrepreneurs for an academic research project. The project was conducted, in collaboration with academics at the Royal Veterinary College, to understand the experiences of female entrepreneurs within the biosciences sector.
Farzana subsequently continued her scientific studies at the John Innes Centre, with a BBSRC funded PhD studentship. Using an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of enzymology, genetics and structural biology she characterised several aspects of a novel bacterial pathway involved in glucan synthesis. The pathway is at present being explored as a drug target to treat the causative agent of the disease, Tuberculosis.
Whilst completing her PhD studies, she was a member of an award-winning team at a business plan competition. After succeeding to reach the national final, her team were awarded with the Syngenta Prize for having the most innovative plant related idea.
Before joining HGF, Farzana was a trainee patent attorney at a multi-national pharmaceutical company, based at their global headquarters in Switzerland. During this time she secured patent protection for pharmaceutical inventions, predominantly within the oncology franchise.