Getting to know Pamela Brooks, Senior Patent Paralegal
Pamela has recently joined #TeamInivata as our new Senior Patent Paralegal in our Product Development department. In our latest blog, Pamela talks about her career and what attracted her to Inivata.
- Tell us about your work experience prior to joining Inivata.
After working in Private Practice for a law firm for over a decade, I then made the move into big Pharma. Initially I joined AstraZeneca and then in 2002, I relocated from London to Cambridge to join Domantis, a company focused on the therapeutic application of human antibody single variable domains which was later acquired by GSK in 2006. My next role was with Kymab, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing fully human monoclonal antibodies which has recently been acquired by Sanofi.
2. What has been your biggest achievement(s) and your biggest challenge of your career so far?
My biggest achievement has been working at two startup companies from the early stages and providing quality patent formalities support. Both companies were subsequently acquired and included successful patent litigation.
In my line of work, the biggest challenge is resolving patent disputes which can be both complex and time consuming. Fortunately, I find patent litigation intellectually challenging and stimulating, and given its constantly changing nature, it remains interesting and exciting.
3. There are a number of companies operating within the biotechnology industry globally. What made you want to join Inivata?
I thought the role would bring a fresh and a new exciting challenge and there would be opportunities to be innovative and creative within Inivata.
4. It has been a challenging year navigating the pandemic. Are there any key learnings or reflections that you can share with us?
Although, it has given me the ability to work in a more manageable way, I have learned that it’s not enough to just set people loose in a work-from-home environment, and that we all have a responsibility to be supportive of our colleagues. Communication, connections, resources, wellbeing, mental health care, non-work-related social events and keeping up morale are imperative to having a remote workforce.