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Julian Hitchcock, Partner

Julian has specialised in advising life sciences clients since he qualified as a solicitor in 1998, following an education in medicine 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 IP 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 roles appropriate to his practice, including Director of the East of England Stem Cell Network, Associate of the PHG Foundation, Research Fellow with the Global Biopolitics Research Group at King’s College, London and Associate of the ESCR Innogen Centre, Edinburgh. He is an honorary lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at University College, London, and a frequent speaker on life science enterprise at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.  Julian currently sits on the governance subcommittee of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council and on the human genome editing working party of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.  He is also a trustee of the Science Media Centre.

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