Jess is currently training to become a European and UK patent attorney in the Life Sciences and Chemistry group at Kilburn & Strode.
Jess has extensive academic experience in the field of neuroscience, in particular neurodegenerative disease, glial cell biology and immunology. Drawing on her academic background, Jess’ practice at Kilburn & Strode covers a range of inventions in the life sciences, with a special focus on antibody technology, T-cell engineering and cancer immunotherapy. Jess also has additional experience prosecuting diagnostic and medical device applications. Jess works with a range of clients at K&S, including large multinationals, universities and new enterprises.
Prior to joining Kilburn & Strode, Jess completed her PhD in neuroscience, investigating the contribution of amyloid protein aggregates and oxidative stress to vascular dementia and small vessel disease. Following her PhD, Jess then gained further experience in glial cell biology and neuroimmunology through her work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh. 


PhD in Neuroscience – University of Edinburgh (2017)
MSc in Integrative Neuroscience – University of Edinburgh (2013)
BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology – University of Manchester (2011)


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) – student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) – student member

T. Leonard, J. Duncombe, The worldwide pharma response to coronavirus – Part 2: Promising leads, Kilburn & strode, (2020) 

N. Bassil, J. Duncombe, Patentability of plant products obtained by an essentially biological process, Kilburn & strode, (2019) 

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