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Erin O’Connor

Erin O’Connor


Trainee Patent Attorney

Glasgow (UK)

About Erin

Erin possesses an enthusiasm for science and its application in the wider world, developed through her time at university, her research in academia and her experience in industry. With a skilled approach to learning and keen attention to detail, she enjoys drafting and prosecuting patents in emerging technologies and thrives on delivering the highest standards for clients.

Erin joined the Chemistry and Life Sciences team at HLK in September 2019.

Erin gained her Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 2017. She was awarded the GlaxoSmithKline prize for Organic Chemistry and selected as the university’s sole nominee for the Salter’s Institute Award. She was also placed on the university Dean’s list of students of distinction. From her degree, Erin gained a broad understanding of all aspects of chemistry, including chosen electives in electrochemistry, polymer chemistry and nanochemistry. She specialised in organic chemistry in her Masters project, working specifically in radical chemistry. This work focused on the development of electron transfer reducing systems and was included in a group publication (Smith et al, 2017).

Prior to joining HLK, Erin worked for LGC, in their Genomics division, where she focused on synthesis and product development within nucleic acid chemistry. Erin also undertook placements during her time at university. She was selected for a bionanotechnology studentship, sponsored by the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund where she developed ELISA methods incorporating magnetic micro particles. She also worked in research and development at GlaxoSmithKline, where she focussed heavily on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic drug candidate studies, and undertook research work in proteomics and mass spectrometry.

Whilst at HLK, Erin has trained at the HLK academy, developing her knowledge of core patent concepts and skills. Erin is gaining experience in drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the UK and Europe, relating to a broad range of chemistry and life science inventions.

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