Susan Hancock

Senior Associate

Susan joined the firm in 2012 as a trainee patent attorney and works on a wide range of biotechnological and chemical subject matter, including biomarker diagnostics; protein, small molecule and viral therapeutics; pharmaceutical formulations; and biocatalysis, in vitro evolution and cell engineering. She brings a strong research background to her practice, stemming from doctoral and postdoctoral research, and has technical experience in biotechnology, molecular biology and organic chemistry.

Susan graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class degree in Biological Chemistry, receiving the Harrison and Lilley Medal for placing top in her year. Her doctoral research at the University of Oxford focused on the development of biocatalysts for oligosaccharide synthesis.

Susan was subsequently awarded both Royal Society and Canadian Commonwealth fellowships to undertake postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia where she used directed evolution to create enzymes for the synthesis of glycosphingolipid therapeutics. Her interest in biotechnology then took her to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge where she developed and exploited technology for incorporating unnatural amino acids into proteins in eukaryotic cells. Susan’s research has been published extensively, including papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Chemical Biology, Molecular Cell, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Angewandte Chemie.

In her spare time, Susan plays the cello and enjoys travelling, the out-of-doors and photography.



  • MChem
  • DPhil (Oxford)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Certificate in IP Law