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Katherine Banks Ph.D.
+44 (0)20 7864 2885

16 Old Bailey
London EC4M 7EG
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7864 2800


  • Imperial College London
    Ph.D., Neuroendocrinology, 2015
  • Imperial College London
    M.Res., Experimental Physiology and Drug Discovery, 2011
  • The University of Sheffield
    B.Sc., Physiology with Pharmacology, 2010

Katherine Banks Ph.D.


Katherine Banks is a part-qualified UK patent attorney focusing on European and UK patent prosecution, drafting, and opinion work. She has experience in UK and European portfolio management, as well as freedom-to-operate assessment, due diligence and landscape analyses for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Clients Dr. Banks works with include large multi-national companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and lone inventors.

Dr. Banks earned her Ph.D. from Imperial College London, with competitive funding from the Medical Research Council, the British Pharmacological Society, and the Society for Endocrinology. Her research background is pharmacology, endocrinology, and neuroscience focused, whilst her practical knowledge includes electrophysiology, genetic engineering, neurosurgery and molecular biology. Prior to joining Finnegan, Dr. Banks was in private practice, where she gained experience in patent drafting, prosecution, and portfolio management in a range of fields, including diagnostics, antibodies, medical devices, materials, biofuels, polymers, pharmaceuticals, peptide synthesis/analogues, gene therapy, and PCR technologies. In particular, she has extensive experience of working with university technology transfer departments and advising on invention capture and ownership.

Dr. Banks has lectured on intellectual property rights and regularly attends events promoting women and diversity in patent law. She has presented at several conferences and meetings on "The Role of the Melanocortin System in Regulating Food Intake Via Reward Pathways in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA)."

Professional Recognition

  • Early Career Award grant recipient, Society for Endocrinology, 2014.
  • Techniques in Neuroendocrine Research Scholarship recipient, International Brain Research Organisation, 2014.
  • Medical Research Council funded Ph.D. studentship, 2011-2015.
  • Integrative Pharmacology Fund research grants recipient, British Pharmacological Society, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Medical Research Council funded M.Res studentship, 2010-2011.

Select Publications

  • "Role of Ghrelin in Glucose Homeostasis and Diabetes," Diabetes Management, 2013.
  • Coauthor. "L-cysteine Suppresses Ghrelin and Reduces Appetite in Rodents and Humans," International Journal of Obesity, 2015.
  • Coauthor. "GPRC6a Is not Required for the Effects of a High-Protein Diet on Body Weight in Mice," Obesity, 2015.