Bioprocessing and biotechnology

From vaccines and pharmaceuticals, to biofuels, food and household goods, developments in bioprocessing and biotechnology have the potential to significantly influence the future of manufacturing, medicine and energy. Significant challenges remain in many areas, such as complex regulatory issues and the ever-present need to improve productivity and consistency, whilst reducing costs, resulting in the generation of highly valuable and eminently protectable innovation for our clients.

Progress in bioprocessing within the pharmaceutical sector is motivated by a growing demand for novel therapeutics, including biopharmaceutical medicines and vaccines, and the rapid emergence of disruptive cell and gene therapy treatments.

In the energy sector, research and development is spurred by public desire and government support for more efficient, cleaner systems that enable a shift away from traditional petrochemicals.

And in food and nutrition, growing demands for meat replacements, increased shelf life, enhanced quality and health-promoting products are all influencing a range of technological developments.

These, and other areas of bioprocessing and biotechnology, are underpinned by a plethora of technologies, from vector design to process control, fermenter engineering to product recovery. HGF has been at the cutting-edge of developments in bioprocessing and biotechnology for many years, with a specialist team combining comprehensive scientific knowledge and commercial understanding to develop and implement legally and commercially astute IP strategies. Working with a wide range of clients, from global pharmaceutical and biotech companies, to SMEs and universities, the team supports innovation across all sectors.

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Event - 29th November 2022

LSPN Europe 2022

HGF is a silver sponsor of LSPN Europe 2022 on 29th November in London. This event will explore some of the biggest challenges facing the Life Sciences Patent Community right now …

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Food technology companies and investors - the value of IP landscape analysis

Case study – alt fat innovation Many companies and investors are aware of the importance of identifying and protecting their innovations, and in particular of the importance of obtaining patents …

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Event - 22nd September 2022

BioCap Conference 2022

HGF is a gold sponsor at the BioCap Conference 2022. The conference will be held on Thursday 22 September at the Alderley Park Conference Centre. It connects life sciences businesses, …

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Patenting antibodies in the US and Europe

Is the USPTO now stricter than the EPO on antibody claims? A consideration of recent developments from both sides of the pond. Patent protection for monoclonal antibodies, bispecific antibodies and …

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Event - 10th May 2022

The HGF IP in Healthcare Conference 2022

After a challenging couple of years, we are delighted to invite you to join us for HGF’s eighth annual IP in Healthcare Conference. We will review the latest intellectual property …

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Event - 23rd March 2022

HGF webinar: Getting your first filing right

HGF hosted a webinar on Wednesday 23rd March on Getting your first filing right. One of the most often asked questions of patent attorneys is: “when should we file?” Both …

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The Microbiome Times: ELIGO v SNIPR: a reflection on IP strategies in a competitive environment

HGF Partner and Patent Attorney Craig Thomson and Patent Director Dr Jennifer Bailey write an article for The Microbiome Times on ELIGO v SNIPR: a reflection on IP strategies in …

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Getting your first filing right

One of the most often asked questions of patent attorneys is “when should we file?” Both timing and content of a first filing should be important strategic decisions. This is …

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If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our bioprocessing & biotechnology specialists.