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    Mark van Eekelen

    European patent attorney

    Expertises and areas of work

    Life sciences and biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics

    Location

    Eindhoven

    Employed at AOMB since

    2017

    Mark went to Utrecht University in 2000, where he studied Biomedical Sciences. In the meantime, he got his PhD in the field of genetics and signal transduction at the Hubrecht Institute. After his PhD, Mark spent two years in Toronto as a postdoctoral researcher. He successfully completed his postdoctoral research and returned to the Netherlands to start at the Dutch training institute for patent attorney. Mark has gained experience in a Dutch IP office and after that, at the IP department of a vegetable seed breeding company.

    In May 2017, Mark started working for AOMB. In the meantime, he has passed his EQE exam, making him an official Dutch and European patent attorney. Mark is a friendly colleague, and works for the Business Unit International Partners within AOMB. Because his affinity for Asia, he is a perfect match for this unit!

    What Mark finds fascinating about the IP business is the variety it brings; no two days are alike. According to Mark, in the IP business you come into contact with many companies, so you always come across interesting new technologies.

    Apart from his work, Mark’s major hobby is brewing his own beer, which is not all that surprising considering his background in Biomedics! From light to dark beer, Mark has all bases covered. He also loves to spend his time off with his wife and with his daughter.

    Education

    Cancer Genomics and Developmental Biology

    Hubrecht Institute 2011

    Biomolecular Sciences

    University Utrecht 2006

    Relevant work experience

    IP Specialist

    Bejo Zaden 2016-2017

    Trainee Patent Attorney

    NLO 2013-2016

    Postdoctoral research to cancer

    Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto 2011-2013

    Extracurricular activities

    Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys

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