Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
Fran is a member of our life sciences patent team with expertise in the biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical and agricultural science sectors. Fran prepares and prosecutes applications relating to a range of precision medicine inventions. She handles a number of applications relating to biomarkers and diagnostics, including methods for the identification of biomarkers and biomarker panels, and their use in diagnosing and prognosing disease. Fran enjoys the particular challenges that prosecution of these cases around the world brings, arising from the divergent approaches taken by the different patent offices. Her clients include universities and research organisations, start-ups, spin outs and multi-national companies. She has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and a PhD in molecular plant genetics is from the University of Edinburgh.

Recent Posts

Pioneers of precision medicine

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
15 Apr 2019

Breakthroughs in healthcare promise a future in which the individual sits at the centre of medical decisions. But who has paved the way and who is leading.

Bioinformatics Inventions: Patenting challenges at the interface of computer and life sciences

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
27 Feb 2019

We are entering an age of precision medicine, with patients receiving tailored treatments, selected and sometimes even specifically designed for their.

Fighting cancer with CAR-T therapies

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
04 Feb 2019

In September 2018, NHS England entered into an agreement with Novartis to offer its CAR-T therapy, Kymriah, to children with advanced leukaemia. This was.

China - a key player in the global precision medicine race

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
30 Jan 2019

With a growing economy, and a large, ageing population, China is attracting attention from global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. China’s home.

Precision medicine: ethics, regulation and patent law

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
13 Dec 2018

New genomic and proteomic analysis technologies allow for diagnosis and prognosis of patients with greater accuracy than ever before. Indeed, due to the.

Plant related inventions: the saga continues

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
10 Dec 2018

We may be approaching the end of the year, but the saga of patents for plant related inventions at the EPO continues to develop.  The Administrative.

Precision Medicine: the next revolution in healthcare

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
31 Oct 2018

In recent years, we have witnessed a remarkable healthcare revolution. Thanks to advances in genetic analysis, molecular biology and cell science, we now.