Our clients range from research institutes and universities, to start-ups, listed biotechnology companies, and global corporations. We are proud of our ability to understand the different commercial needs and objectives of our clients and to work collaboratively with them to ensure that they receive tailored, commercially-focussed and strategic advice that is aligned with their business and the fast-moving pace of the industry.

Our biotechnology expertise

FB Rice is recognised as a leader in the life sciences, and boasts the largest team of biotechnology attorneys in Australia and New Zealand. Our technical expertise and experience is as diverse as the industry itself. Our team’s knowledge and collective experience means that you can be confident in our ability to respond to your industry - and/or technology-specific IP needs with the right technical expert or team.

Drawing on a wealth of academic, industry and practice experience, our team of attorneys, searchers and technical specialists are well-placed to assist in all key areas of technology, including (but not limited to) immunology, gene therapy, drug development, biologics and biosimilars, cell biology, microbiology, stem cells therapies, genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, vaccines and diagnostics, and plant biology and engineering.

Ensuring that our attorneys are across the latest industry developments is integral to our practice and allows us to maintain industry excellence. In addition to working with the best clients on breakthrough technologies, we achieve this by actively engaging with and supporting local industry bodies and networks, such as AusBiotech, BioMelbourne, Bioshares and Life Sciences Queensland. In particular, this local engagement, coupled with our global networks and technical expertise, ensures that our biotechnology team is primed to deliver a superior service every time.

Our team have key areas of expertise in the following industries:

  • agtech & food science
  • bioinformatics
  • biologics and gene therapy
  • biotechnology
  • cleantech
  • diagnostics
  • pharmaceuticals
  • food & beverage
  • medical technology.

Meet our biotechnology team

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Steve Gledhill


  • Sydney ,
  • Brisbane ,
  • Paramatta
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Patrick McManamny


  • Melbourne
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Ian Rourke


  • Melbourne
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Jenny Petering

Of Counsel

  • Melbourne

How we can support you

Clients value our ability to understand both the technology they deal with, as well as the commercial imperatives under which they operate. This allows us to optimise IP strategies for you in relation to:
Ready to talk?
Get in touch with our biotechnology IP experts today.
We will connect you with a technical expert to discuss your needs.